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Rockland Mansion
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Rockland takes its name from the limestone outcroppings permeating the 600-acre farm. General George Rust, a prominent Loudoun County gentleman, replaced deteriorating wooden structures with this imposing brick mansion in 1822. Of large scale and with boldly detailed woodwork, the house is one the finest of several important Federal plantation dwellings in the area. Gen. Rust's son Col. Armistead T. M. Rust, an 1842 West Point graduate who served with the 19th Virginia infantry during the

Rockland: View of Servants Quarters in 1986
Photograph from National Register collection, courtesy of Division of Historic Landmarks
Civil War, later inherited the property. His death in 1887 left his second wife, Ida Lee, with 14 children and an encumbered estate. Exuding tremendous energy and business acumen, she repaid the debt and educated her youngest children. She sent her sons west at age 15 to escape the hardships of Reconstruction. Her son Edwin enlarged Rockland around 1908. Rockland remains owned by Rust family descendants.

Rockland is located on the east side of Rte. 15 north of Leesburg. It is a private residence and is not open to the public.


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