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Leeland in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

History at Leeland Station

Belle Air

 
 
History at Leeland Station - Belle Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
1. History at Leeland Station - Belle Air Marker
Inscription. Near this spot stood Belle Air, a prominent Stafford County landmark and home of the Fitzhugh and Primmer families. John Fitzhugh first constructed a house here in the mid-eighteenth century, but by 1854, when the property was sold to Abram Primmer, a new structure occupied the site. Primmer lived here with his wife and six children and owned nearly four hundred acres, which the Leeland Station now encompasses, and was valued at $7,200.

Primmer opposed secession and sent one of his sons to enlist in the Union army. Abram himself aided Confederate deserters and served as a local guide for Union forces. When the Union army occupied Stafford County in the summer of 1862, it used the Primmer fields as pasture for cattle. The largest intrusion upon Belle Air came in the winter of 1862-1863, when the home and farm became a camping ground for the Army of the Potomac’s Third Corps.

The house survived into the mid-twentieth century, at which time the property was known as Walnut Farm. Today, the building no longer stands.
 
Erected by Maryland Development Company LLC and the homeowners of Leeland Station.
 
Location. 38° 20.565′ N, 77° 26.787′ W. Marker is in Leeland, Virginia, in Stafford County.
Belle Air in 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
2. Belle Air in 1863
Belle Air as it appeared in 1863 during the Civil War. The home served as General Whipple’s headquarters.
Photo on the marker provided courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.
Marker is on Riggs Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Riggs Road, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Pitcher (approx. half a mile away); Land for God's Work (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cavalry Review (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lincoln Review (approx. 1.7 miles away); On this site in 1862... (approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing); James Hunter (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hobby School (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Regarding History at Leeland Station. An area has been set aside on an as yet to be developed land for Civil War Historic Site Preservation.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
History at Leeland Station - Belle Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
3. History at Leeland Station - Belle Air Marker
Located at the Community Center
Remains of Belle Air, 2003 image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
4. Remains of Belle Air, 2003
Last standing remains removed 2003
Map showing Belle Air in relation to the Leeland Station Community. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
5. Map showing Belle Air in relation to the Leeland Station Community.
The Primmer Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
6. The Primmer Family Cemetery
Across Leeland Road from Conway Elementary School.
The Manning Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
7. The Manning Family Cemetery
is on the hill overlooking the Community Center.
Manning Familty Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 29, 2008
8. Manning Familty Cemetery Marker
19th Century
Manning Family Cemetery
Ann Manning and Husband (unidentified)
Son, Cornelius
Daughter-In-Law Elizabeth
Grandchildren: Betty “Beth • Susan • John • James
Forever Rest in Peace
All Others Who Have Passed And Are Herein Interred.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,578 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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