Built in 1927, Woodend was designed by John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, DAR Constitution Hall, National Gallery of Art, etc.) for the Wells family. In 1969, the family donated Woodend to the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Woodend has received many industry awards and recognition over the years as a venue for social and corporate events.

Washington Weddings 2020 Award
2019 Washingtonian Weddings Best Wedding Vendor
2019 WeddingWire Couple Choice Award
2018 WeddingWire Couple Choice Award
2017 Bride & Groom Washingtonian Best Wedding Vendor
2016 Bride & Groom Washingtonian Best Wedding Vendor
2016 WeddingWire Editors' Picks Award
2017 Wedding Chicks Award
2017 WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award
2016 WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award
2015 WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award
Aisle Society Award
United with Love Award


The mansion and the property were bequeathed to the Audubon Naturalist Society,  provided it was kept as a nature sanctuary. The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.

Historic Woodend is adjacent to Rock Creek Park, has hiking trails open year-round, and is a well-known location for bird watching, environmental education for children and adults, summer camps, corporate retreats, and eco-friendly weddings.

We encourage you to do a web search on “Woodend Sanctuary” and “Woodend Weddings” to view the many listings and endless photos of Woodend posted and pinned online by photographers, event professionals, brides, and grooms.

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