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WFP Lists Bunny Mellon's Oak Spring Farm

August 17, 2014

Airstrip and Paddocks (Photo by: HomeVisit) Airstrip and Paddocks

Thomas B. Anderson, President of Washington Fine Properties (WFP), announced Friday that WFP will offer the truly remarkable 2,000 acre Upperville, Virginia farm of Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, who died earlier this year at the age of 103. One of the most important farms in America, Oak Spring Farm is where Paul and Bunny Mellon shared their many passions including horse breeding, horticulture, and art collecting.

Oak Spring Farm includes a rare and private mile-long airstrip, extensive equestrian stables and barns, extraordinary gardens and greenhouses, guest houses, tenant houses, a pool house designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, and the stately neo-Georgian mansion known as “Brick House”. Designed in 1941 by renowned architect William Adams Delano of Delano and Aldrich, the Brick House became a home for Mr. and Mrs. Mellon’s world-renowned art collection. The property is being offered in its entirety for $70 million.

I.M. Pei Pavilion Pool House (Photo by: HomeVisit) I.M. Pei Pavilion Pool House

“Washington Fine Properties is extremely honored to have been chosen to represent Mrs. Mellon’s beloved farm,” said Tom Anderson. “For over 65 years, the mystique of the farm has captured attention worldwide.”


Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon (1910-2014) was a renowned horticulturist and collector, whose marriage to Paul Mellon in 1948, the only son of financier Andrew Mellon, united two of America’s most affluent families.

Greenhouse (Photo by: HomeVisit) Greenhouse

A supremely private woman with a deep passion for gardening, Bunny sculpted the couple’s beloved Oak Spring Farm into the closest American version of the English Cotswolds. While Oak Spring was her private treasure, Mrs. Mellon’s extensive list of contributions to the world of horticulture includes redesigns of the Rose Garden and East Garden at The White House for her close friend, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the revival of Louis XIV’s kitchen garden at Versailles. The Oak Spring Garden Library, Mrs. Mellon’s celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art and artifacts relating to gardening, landscape design, horticulture, botany, natural history and travels, is world-renowned and among the finest of its kind. Sharing a fondness for art, Mr. and Mrs. Mellon built an extraordinary collection and generously supported the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Equally passionate about horses, the couple bred and raised champion racehorses at Oak Spring Farm. The Mellons are the only individuals to ever own a winner of the Kentucky Derby, Epsom Derby, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

For more information about this extraordinary property, visit WFP or contact Thomas B. Anderson at or 202.243.1644

Yearling Barns (Photo by: HomeVisit) Yearling Barns

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Dolley Madison Talk at Dumbarton House Aug. 13

August 10, 2014

To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and Washington City's role in this historic event, Dumbarton House is holding a special Collections Conversation : Dolley Madison and the War of 1812 presented by Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, Dumbarton House NSCDA on Wednesday, August 13 at 12:30 pm.

On August 24, 1814, Dolley Madison was forced to flee the White House as British troops advanced upon Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Charles Carroll, the owner of Belle Vue, as Dumbarton House was then named, called on her in his carriage. Dolley recalled the events in a letter to her sister Lucy Payne Washington Todd:

"Our kind friend, Mr. Carroll, has come to hasten my departure, and is in a very bad humour with me because I insist on waiting until the large picture of General Washington is secured, and it requires to be unscrewed from the wall. This process was found too tedious for these perilous moments; I have ordered the frame to be broken, and the canvas taken out. It is done! and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen from New York, for safekeeping.

And now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take. When I shall again write to you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell!"

[Dolley Madison Papers, Manuscript Division,The Library of Congress]

Learn more about Dolley Madison's exciting flight from the White House and her stop at Dumbarton House through research by author Anthony Pitch and the collections of Dumbarton House.  The talk will feature items on loan for the exhibition "Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe" on view at Dumbarton House throughout Summer 2014.

Held in the museum's Belle Vue Room, this 30 minutes presentation is  followed by 15 minutes of Q & A, as time allows.

Reservations are not required -- but to be sure they have a seat for you, let them know you're coming.

Parking is free but limited (behind the garden at 27th and Q Streets NW).

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Sale on at Citronelle Restaurant & Latham Hotel

August 3, 2014

Due to the extensive renovation and conversion of historic the Lathm Hotel and Four Star Citronelle Restaurant, Hotel Content Liquidators LLC is offering for sale the hotel furnishings, kitchen equipment and dishware formerly used in the operations of the hotel and restaurant.

Sale has been open to the public since July 23rd and will continue for several more weeks. Still a lot there so check it out. For a peek at Latham and Citronelle items for sale, click here.

Sale hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Sundays.

For additional information, call 202.716.9811

The Latham Hotel and Citronelle Restaurant are located at 3000 M Street in Georgetown

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