Spring Gala to Celebrate the Extraordinary 1965 Gift of Oatlands to the Nation

50th Anniversary Spring Gala on April 25th to Honor the Eustis Family for its Donation of Oatlands to the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 Oatlands Historic House & Gardens announced that its Spring Gala on April 25 will honor the Eustis Family for the extraordinary gift of Oatlands to the National Trust for Historic Preservation 50 years ago.  In 1965, Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet donated Oatlands including its magnificent 1804 mansion, 19th century greenhouse, terraced gardens and more than 414 acres of beautiful fields to the National Trust for future generations to explore, experience and appreciate.

Margaret Finley and Anne Emmet in the garden “It is with a special sense of deep gratitude that we honor the Eustis Family at our Spring Gala on April 25,” commented Andrea McGimsey, executive director of Oatlands.  McGimsey continued, “Because of the Eustis Family’s extraordinary gift to the nation, we in Northern Virginia have been able to enjoy a truly beautiful and remarkable place unlike any other historic property.  Fifty years later, we remain forever grateful for the generosity of the Eustis family.”

On April 25, 2015 beginning at 7pm, residents from across the National Capital Region will gather for an evening of elegance and celebration to support Oatlands Historic House & Gardens and its mission of historic preservation, land conservation research, education and community outreach. Gala Committee Co-Chairs Jill Beach and Sally Travis are leading the 50th Anniversary Spring Gala preparation efforts for the evening which will include dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction and much more.

Special corporate sponsorships are being sought to celebrate this special occasion and table and individual reservations are also available. Ticket and reservation information is available online at  www.oatlands.org/galaor contact Development Director Matt Kraycinovich at 703-777-3174 or via email at mkraycinovich@oatlands.org.

Photo: Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet in the Gardens at Oatlands, c. 1965

 About Oatlands Historic House & Gardens: Oatlands is a 414-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark.  The mission of Oatlands focuses on historic preservation, land conservation, research, education, and community outreach.  The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, an 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.  For more information, visit www.oatlands.org or call 703-777-3174.  Oatlands is located six miles south of the Town of Leesburg on US Route 15.