Off to the Races!

Each Spring my brother-in-law, Jim McDermott, President of Madison Wealth Management, and his lovely wife Rebecca (my sister), host a shindig at The Loudoun Point to Point Races located at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA.   I always look forward to this event each year - great food, friends and Rebecca's famous Sangria!

The Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races feature some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses available in Virginia. Riders from across the state and the globe travel to participate in this race. The event is held in conjunction with Loudoun Fairfax Hunt. The Loudoun Hunt Point to Point represents one of the largest fundraisers for the Loudoun Hunt during the year.

Oatlands Plantation is an estate located in Leesburg, VA. Oatlands is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. The Oatlands property is composed of the main mansion and 260 acres of farmland and gardens. The house is considered to be one of the finest Federal period country estate houses in the nation.

On the property, in addition to the Mansion, are a number of outbuildings, including the Carriage House, Bachelor's Quarters, several barns and farm buildings, and a greenhouse, built in 1810, said to be the oldest standing greenhouse in the South.

For more history and information on this fascinating place, check out this link.

It just so happens, my other sister, Theresa, is a Master Gardner who works part-time in the Oatlands gardens.  We got an up close and personal tour of the fabulous grounds.

If you live nearby, you should make a trip out to Oatlands.  Beautiful place and fascinating Virginia history.