Lawrence Lewis (1767–1839) - Woodlawn


Lewis and Nelly Custis were married at Mount Vernon on February 22, 1799, and resided there for the first several years of their marriage. Their first child, Frances Parke Lewis, was born there on November 27, 1799.

After George Washington's death on December 14, 1799, Lewis served as the primary executor of his will. As a wedding gift from the Washingtons, the couple had received 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of the Mount Vernon plantation. From 1800 to 1805, Lewis oversaw the construction of the Woodlawn Plantation, designed by the physician-architect William Thornton.

Lewis and his wife lived at Woodlawn until about 1830, when they settled at the new Audley estate in what is now Clarke County, Virginia. Lewis had purchased the tract of 571 acres (2.31 km2) from George Washington's extensive real estate holdings. He died in 1839 in Arlington, Virginia and was buried in the vault at Mount Vernon, close to the sarcophagi of George and Martha Washington.

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