Managers of the circa-1800s Oatlands plantation near Leesburg have sued the National Trust for Historic Preservation for withholding at least $3.5 million in funds to maintain and preserve the decaying mansion and grounds.
The 360-acre former wheat plantation is owned by the National Trust and operated by a nonprofit, Oatlands Inc., through a co-stewardship agreement, with the trust managing a $9 million endowment established by the Eustis family, the last private owners of the property.
The suit seeks damages of $3.7 million from the National Trust for breach of contract and seeks the removal of the trust as trustee of the endowment. It was originally filed earlier this month in Loudoun County courts then transferred to U.S. District Court in Alexandria. … …
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