Oatlands Historic House & Gardens has some personal history with the World War I and World War II as members of the Eustis family, who owned the property in the early 1900s, served in the wars. William Corcoran Eustis served as an aide and interpreter to General of the Armies, John "Black Jack" Pershing during World War I. In World War II, Morton Eustis was in Company C, 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armored Division and was killed in action on August 13, 1944 near Domfront, France.
Their From the Front Lines to the Home Front weekend of events commemorates our country’s World War I and World War II experiences with a focus on Loudoun County and Oatlands Historic House & Gardens. Both wars had an impact on every American, from rationing to victory gardens to knowing someone who served. Join them this weekend as they host a plethora of events for guests to experience from re-enactors to musical performances.
On Saturday, July 15, get an inside look into life during the wars with presentations like "Before Tuskegee: The Training of African American Army Air Force Ground Crews at Chanute Field 1941" and "Rats, Cooties and Mud: Life in the WWI Trenches". Hear a speech from Tuskegee Airman Carl Johnson and enjoy some authentic Jubilaires musical performances. That night, stick around for Fireside Chats & WWII News Broadcasts special presentation where you can experience WWII news and speeches just as the Eustis Family of Oatlands did in the 1940s. Oatlands Board Chair will present original news broadcasts, Roosevelt's fireside chats and other speeches from the time period.
Come back to Oatlands Historic House & Gardens on Sunday, July 16th for more educational opportunities about WWI and WWII. Experience presentations by Margaret Morton of Loudoun Now and Laura Cantor Zelman as they share "Childhood Remembrances from Wartime England" and "In My Fathers Words, the World War II Letters of an Army Doctor".
In addition to all of these great presentations, attendees can also enjoy living history interpreters and re-enactors, WWII singing performances, service dogs, military vehicles and jeep rides, vintage cars, exhibitors, children activities, and more. Check the website for more details on times and ticket options.