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Abingdon Plantation

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, West of the Historic Lobby in Terminal A, Alexandria, VA 22202
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Hidden history of Virginia

DCA a.k.a. Ronald Reagan National Airport hides a hidden gem of colonial history. In 1778, John... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Morgan-Ward
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Alexandria, Virginia
Something to do to kill time at Washington National Airport

Got time on your hands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport? How about a little walk and... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
tikibar
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Fairfax County, Virginia
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Built around 1741, this plantation links a modern area to the colonial past; what remains is on the grounds of Washington's National Airport just north of Alexandria.
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24 Aug 2016
“Hidden history of Virginia”
21 Aug 2016
“Something to do to kill time at Washington National Airport”
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, West of the Historic Lobby in Terminal A, Alexandria, VA 22202
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

DCA a.k.a. Ronald Reagan National Airport hides a hidden gem of colonial history. In 1778, John Parke Custis (nicknamed "Jacky"), the son of Daniel Parke Custis and Martha Washington and the stepson of George Washington, purchased Abingdon. If you have the time it is a...More

Thank Morgan-Ward
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Got time on your hands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport? How about a little walk and some history? Go to the Historic Lobby in Terminal A (at one time this was the whole airport.) It features a great view of the airport and of...More

Thank tikibar
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Located a short walk outside of terminal B, it's such great history to see and envision that the land the airport is on used to be a plantation. It's basically a plaque and a grassy area, but it's history.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Abingdon Plantation ... what's left of it ... sits in the middle of two major parking garages across from the main terminal at Washington National Airport. The history is most interesting but there is little left to see. Like so many other historic locations in...More

1  Thank AgeOldDinosaur
Reviewed 1 September 2015

If you find yourself at the airport with extra time while waiting to meet someone or after parting from them, walk into Garage A and follow the signs. This is a ruin with some foundations visible and informative historic markers. If you have an interest...More

1  Thank LAPR1
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

It's just basically a plaque on the ground, which is unfortunate considering the historic significance. Can't really see it from your car. Would have been nice if there was a plaque or historic marker of some kind around the cell phone waiting area or the...More

2  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Set between two parking garages at National Airport, Abingdon Plantation is a short walk from the terminals. It looks out over the Potomac and the extensive land that was the original plantation built in the late 17th century and then expanded throughout the 18th century....More

1  Thank jeffl499
Reviewed 6 November 2014

If you find yourself with an hour or more to kill between flights at Reagan National, there's a bit of colonial history wedged between two of the parking garages opposite Terminals B and C. Abingdon was once a thriving plantation whose grounds extended to the...More

1  Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This historic site contains the reconstructed remnants of an old house and its external kitchen, which are located the top of a hill visible from Metrorail's Blue and Orange lines. The site contains a number of signs and photographs that illustrate and explain the history...More

Thank Occasional_traveler1
Reviewed 8 December 2012

OK, it's just a plaque on a grassy hill at the airport, but this helps visitors to understand what life was like during the early 19th century. The economic viability of the plantation system was always based on slave labor. When slavery was abolished, the...More

2  Thank StLEngineer
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