This past week, I've received quite a few emails and Facebook messages from people concerned about the future of Woodlawn Stables due to the widening of U.S. 1.
Here's what's going on. U.S. 1 is going to be widened between Telegraph Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway/Old Mill Road (a.k.a. where Roy Rogers is). The project is fully funded and is currently undergoing design and environmental reviews. The Mulligan Road (Old Mill/Jeff Todd Way) project is also proceeding along the other edge of Woodlawn Estate.
I've written about it a few times:
At its northern terminus the road runs right in between the the Woodlawn Mansion and Woodlawn Stables. Woodlawn was originally the main home on the 2,000-acre estate of Eleanor Parke "Nelly" Custis Lewis - the granddaughter of Martha Washington who gifted the property to her. Both properties are owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This was also the National Trust's first property and was donated to them by former U.S. Senator Oscar Underwood of Alabama in 1952. The main house was designed by the Architect of the U.S. Capitol and was constructed between 1800 and 1805.
There are also two other houses on the property that are historic - one between the main mansion and Fort Belvoir and the other south/east of the stables.