Woodlawn’s annual needlework exhibition opened March 1 and runs through March 31. The show features over 600 works from around the country. The exhibit also includes work done by Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis Lewis, the first mistress of the mansion.
"Nelly" was the granddaughter of Martha Washington. She grew up at Mt. Vernon with her brother George Washington Parke Custis as part of George and Martha Washington’s family. She married a nephew of George Washington’s, Major Lawrence Lewis. Washington as a wedding gift gave the land on what was known as Gray’s Hill to the Lewis’s and arranged with the architect Dr. William Thornton to design the mansion.
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