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Historic Woodlawn was originally built in 1805 for Martha Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Parke Custis and her husband Major Lawrence Lewis. Now a museum, the place is rumored to be haunted by some of its many generations of former residents.

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Alexandria, Virginia
United States

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38.71747902003876, -77.13727962953271
Fairfax County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Woodlawn, VA (0.2 mi.)
Fort Belvoir, VA (0.6 mi.)
Mount Vernon, VA (1.6 mi.)
Hayfield, VA (2.4 mi.)
Newington, VA (3.0 mi.)
Hybla Valley, VA (3.6 mi.)
Fort Hunt, VA (4.4 mi.)
Groveton, VA (4.5 mi.)
Franconia, VA (4.5 mi.)
Lorton, VA (5.0 mi.)


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  1. About twenty years ago my husband, daughter & I visited Woodlawn Plantation. It was sometime in November (I wanted to purchase a few items from the gift shop for Christmas presents) & quite cold with some snow on the ground. As we approached the building on the walkway in front of the house, I caught the very strong scent of spring flowers. I commented about it to my husband who smelled nothing, then I noticed my two-year-old daughter in her stroller sniffing the air. It was a beautiful scent & I smelled it again as we left. Several years later, my daughter & I returned in the summer & didn’t smell the flowery scent. I even took a short video of my daughter on the walkway with nothing unusual to report!

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