Near Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sully Historic Site
The history of the house built at Sully by Richard Bland Lee in 1794 intertwines closely with that of northern Virginia. Surrounded today by acres of grassy fields, the house and its various owners witnessed many changes during the centuries.
Sully was a well-established farm when the American Civil War brought social and economic upheaval to the region in 1861. By the mid-1900s, Sully had evolved from a working farm to a country retreat.
Locating Dulles International Airport just across Route 28 threatened to destroy the house and its outbuildings. Local citizens, led by Eddie Wagstaff, partnered with the Fairfax County Park Authority to save the historic property in 1959.
Nowadays, visitors to Sully Historic Site are able to step back in time to a slower way of life, and enjoy tours showcasing Sully's architecture, historic furnishings, and garden of heirloom plants.
Sully's Federal-style house was built in 1794. Many of its building materials were shipped in from Philadelphia. The distinctive red fieldstone used in the construction of several of its outbuildings was quarried nearby.
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Air & Space • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
Location. 38° 54.881′ N, 77° 25.5′ W. Marker is near Chantilly, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Historic Sully Way and Air and Space Museum Parkway, on the right when traveling south on Historic Sully Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3450 Historic Sully Way, Herndon VA 20171, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clover Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sully Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sully Farms (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Tuskegee Airmen (approx. one mile away); The Flying TigersPiedmont Airlines (approx. one mile away); F-100 Super Sabre Society (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
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