Oatlands and Washington Post shared owner in 1897

Last week the Washington Post made history by announcing the sale of its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos, best known for his founding of Amazon.com.  Here at Oatlands, we have a connection to the Washington Post’s history. The newspaper was founded in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins, who had started the Saint Louis Times eleven years earlier.  In 1897 the Carters of Oatlands were preparing to sell the property, no longer able to keep it in the family. Mr. Hutchins purchased Oatlands, which included the mansion and 50 acres.  It is likely that he bought it as a real estate investment because he never lived here.  Six years later, in 1903, he sold the property to Edith and William Corcoran Eustis. Their stewardship preserved the property and the family generously donated it in 1965 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Read more about Mr. Hutchins at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stilson_Hutchins

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Director of Development at Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site.
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