Nearby, antebellum homes like Morven Park and the Oatlands Plantation offer museums, nature trails, and lush gardens. Leesburg’s natural beauty and multifaceted history help explain why General George C. Marshall and his wife, Catherine, took up residence in the town in the 1940s. The estate blends natural and historical beauty and boast one of the country’s oldest greenhouses.
The former wheat plantation became a destination for Washington, D.C.’s elite during the 20th century and continues to offer tea service between Thursday and Sunday. A venture inside their former home—now preserved as the George C. Marshall International Center—offers a personal look at the life of the decorated World War II general and former U.S. secretary of state.