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Posted: 05/08/2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn Plantation is the first site operated by the National Trust and was originally part of George Washington's Mount Vernon. In 1799, he gave the site to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Lewis' new bride, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis, Martha's granddaughter, in hopes of keeping Nelly close to Mount Vernon. Construction of the Mansion completed in 1805. In 1846, the entire plantation was sold to Quaker timber merchants, who purposefully operated the farm plantation with free labor, making a statement in Virginia on the eve of the Civil War. At the turn of the 20th Century, two separate owners, Paul Kester and Elizabeth Sharpe, lovingly restored the property using the best Colonial Revival architects and builders. Senator Oscar Underwood lived in the Mansion from 1925 until his death in 1929. Operated as a historic house museum since 1949, Woodlawn is an interesting case-study of the cultural relevance of the house museum.

Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Alexandria, VA

In June 2015, Woodlawn's preservation manager will start the project planning for the reinvisioning of the landscape in our historic fountain garden. In close collaboration with the preservation manager and additional senior staff, this internship will encompass a redesign of the current landscape to make it historically accurate and more inviting to visitors. This internship will extend for a minimum of 6 weeks and will require weekly meetings, research, landscape photography and a completed proposal to include a report, scope of work and finished drawings.

A successful candidate should be working towards a graduate degree in landscape architecture, historic preservation, architectural history or other closely related fields. You should be in good academic standing with strong communication and computer skills. Candidates should be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time and be able to walk on varying terrain.


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How to apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume and one project sample to amedve@savingplaces.org for consideration no later than May 29, 2015. No phone calls, please.

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