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Raspberry Plain

Raspberry Plain

Raspberry Plain is a historic property and former plantation in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Leesburg. Raspberry Plain was one of the principal Mason family estates of Northern Virginia. Raspberry Plain currently operates as an event site, hosting weddings and other special events year round.


Thomson Mason from Campbell, in 1760.[1][3] In 1771, Thomson built the mansion at Raspberry Plain. Upon Thomson's death, the Raspberry Plain estate was deeded to his eldest son Stevens Thomson Mason, U.S. senator from Virginia.[1][3][4] The mansion at Raspberry Plain was added to throughout the 19th-century and demolished around 1910.[4] Senator Mason's son, Armistead Thomson Mason, of Selma, was shot and killed by his cousin, John Mason McCarty, in a duel fought at the Bladensburg dueling grounds in Bladensburg, Maryland, in February 1819. McCarty lived at nearby Strawberry Plain, the home and jail of Aeneas Campbell, which had been parceled off from the Raspberry Plain property.[4] That mansion has long since disappeared.[4] In 1910, Raspberry Plain was rebuilt for copper millionaire John Guthrie Hopkins.[4] Raspberry Plain, along with several neighboring estates including nearby Mason family estates Temple Hall and Locust Hill, is a contributing property in the 25,000-acre (100 km2) Catoctin Rural Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 31 January 1989.[4]

Present Day

Today, Raspberry Plain is operated as a venue for weddings, receptions, corporate events and other special occasions. The Grand Conservatory, which can seat up to 200 guests comfortably, was added to the Mansion House in 1998. Raspberry Plain is open for visits on Saturdays from 11a-2p and by appointment.


Although destroyed in 1910, the 1771 mansion that is depicted in old photographs appears to be a gambrel-roofed brick wings.[4] It was replaced by the present large Colonial Revival brick mansion around 1910.[4] The 2 12-story, Flemish bond brick dwelling possesses a two-story tetrastyle Roman Doric portico with a lunette in the triangular pediment.[4] A row of four pedimented dormers extends across the slate gable roof with overhanging eaves and a wide frieze with dentils encircles the building.[4] Windows are six-over-six double-sash types with louvered shutters and wood lintels.[4] A large central Palladian window sheltered by the portico is the dominant feature of the house.[4] Several tenant houses, farm buildings, gambrel-roofed barns, a bank barn, and stables are scattered around the farm.[4]

Burial ground

The following people are interred in the Mason family burial ground at Raspberry Plain:


  1. ^ a b c d e Hunt Country Celebrations (2008). "Hunt Country Celebrations: Reception Sites". Hunt Country Celebrations. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
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  3. ^ a b Raspberry Plain. "Raspberry Plain: History". Raspberry Plain. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Eugene M. Scheel & John S. Salmon (1988-12-13). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
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External links

  • Raspberry Plain official website
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  • Wedding Wire
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