Learn about the resources that have been compiled at Oatlands to try to tell that story now.
Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the public since 1966.
A HISTORY WE SHARE, A FUTURE WE CREATE
The future of Oatlands is up to us.
“It was a thankful task to restore the old beauty, although the thoughts and conceptions were new, they fitted it. And every stone vase or bench, every box-hedge planted, seemed to fall into its rightful place and become a part of the whole.”
— Edith Eustis, 1923
Telling All of Our Stories
Telling All of Our Stories is a long-term plan to research and interpret the broader story at Oatlands, going beyond the Carter and Eustis families who owned the property. Given the location between the Catoctin Mountain range and the waters of Goose Creek, the land would have been appealing to American Indians for hunting and fishing. Artifacts found in the Oatlands area are evidence of this. Later during the Carter time period, enslaved men, women, and children lived and labored at Oatlands. Their history is being documented and shared in the Reclaim Your Story project.
Reclaim Your Story Exhibit
See the exhibit in the former Smokehouse near the entrance to the garden on your visit to Oatlands.
STAY AT OATLANDS
The beautiful and historic Inn at Oatlands Hamlet and the charming Stone Cottage are available for overnight stays, Make your trip extra special and stay at Oatlands!