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Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority. It consists of a Georgian House with Federal Period overtones, outbuildings consisting of original kitchen and laundry, smokehouse, dairy, representative slave quarter, gardens and grounds. Richard Bland Lee, an uncle of Robert E. Lee lived at Sully from 1794-1811 with his wife Elizabeth Collins Lee, their children and wards and up to 40 enslaved African-Americans. Mr. Lee inherited 1500 acres of land and 29 slaves upon the death of his father, Henry Lee II in 1787. He sold half of the land and kept approximately 777 acres for use as a farm. Crops grown at Sully included wheat, corn, timothy, and clover. Of the nearly 40 slaves, approximately 80% were field slaves, while 20% were house slaves. During the Lee’s occupancy of Sully, there are four known incidents of slaves running away. These incidents are documented through Lee letters and run-away advertisements. In one case, the slave, Beaver Ludwell did return to Sully, accompanied by his wife Nancy. When the Lee’s left Sully in 1811, many of the slaves were sold as part of the property. Others accompanied the Lee’s to their new home in Alexandria.