Sully Historic Site: Chantilly, Virginia

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By John Cowgill

How often do you drive along Virginia Route 28?  If you’re on your way to Dulles Airport, or are going to visit the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, you do!  You’re probably curious about the signs you see for the Sully Historic Site.  Let’s check this place out!

It was the home of Richard Bland Lee, the first congressman to represent Northern Virginia, and later the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee II.  The Lees grew their own crops on the farm here.  It was a large piece of land, part of which was acquired to become Dulles International Airport.  The house and the outbuildings remained.  The property was later acquired by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Today, you can tour the home and the outbuilding, which includes the kitchen, the laundry room, the smokehouse and the slave quarters.  Admission for the tour is $8.00.  There is also a trail, and a section of the Unfinished Railroad runs across the property.  Sully Historic Site also has events throughout the year. 

Sully Historic Site is at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, just off Virginia Route 28 between U.S. 50 and Dulles Airport.  Just follow the signs from Route 28.  There is plenty of parking on the site.

John Cowgill ([email protected]) loves to visit historic places to include lesser known sites.  He loves taking road trips, and he loves railroads.


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