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Honoring our heritage, celebrating our history

Honoring our past and celebrating our heritage with stories of the land, the Potomac and the people. The land where Lansdowne Resort and Spa sits is rich in history. Dating back to 600 A.D., Native Americans inhabited our current place along the Potomac River for its water source and arable land. A few hundred years later, Virginia colonist Thomas Ludwig Lee purchased the land for his house and working farm. He held several office positions, such as the House of Burgesses and Governor of Virginia. He and his wife, Hannah Harrison Ludwell, and their eleven sons lived on the property along the Potomac River. The town of Leesburg was named after Thomas Ludwig Lee. You may recognize his son’s name, Thomas Lightfoot Lee, as a historic restaurant in downtown Leesburg, known as Lightfoot’s. More importantly, Thomas Lightfoot Lee and one of his brothers, Richard Henry Lee, were signers of the Declaration of Independence. Over time, the houses disappeared from the property due to expansion of the roads and house fires. There are several historic landmarks remaining on the property, including the remains of a historic mill and dam along Goose Creek, a body of water that backs to our Robert Trent Jones Jr. course.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa, a resort near Washington, DC, opened in 1991 as a resort with one golf course (Robert Trent Jones Jr.) for locals who wanted a short getaway from Washington DC. Today, this resort in Virginia is a sanctuary of approachable sophistication where you can feel at ease and inspired by the destination and pay homage to our heritage in the Potomac River Valley.

Potomac River Our land was originally "home" to Indians along the Patowmack River, now called Potomac

Established in 1758, the Assembly of Virginia selected Leesburg for the location of Loudoun County's courthouse. The town was named in honor of the influential Thomas Lee who once owned thousands of acres in Virginia, including the 300 acres that Lansdowne Resort sprawls.


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