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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, a representative slave quarter; and 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 bondsmen upon the death of his father, Henry Lee II in 1787. He sold half 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 enslaved African Americans, approximately 80% were field workers, while 20% were house servants. During the Lees' occupancy of Sully, there are four known incidents of escapes. These incidents are documented through Lee letters and run-away advertisements. In one case, Beaver Ludwell did return to Sully, accompanied by his wife Nancy. When the Lees left Sully in 1811, many of the bondsmen were sold as part of the property. Others accompanied the Lees to their new home in Alexandria.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 3601 Sully Road, Chantilly, Fairfax, 20151

National Register/National Historic Landmark Status: Sully Plantation Historic Site

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Fairfax County Park Authority

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Richard Bland Lee (Owner)

Freedom Seekers: Aleck Francis,Beaver Ludwell,Cleo (VA, c. 1860),Godfrey (VA, 1807),John (VA, c. 1810),Nancy (VA, c. 1800),Tom Salter