Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer
Fruit-bearing cherry trees lined the driveway approaching the main house. Sully's orchard produced apples, peaches, plums, quinces, apricots, and pears. A two-acre kitchen garden supplied a variety of vegetables. Completed in 1801, the stone dairy provided cool storage for eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.
Sully's farming operations were overseen by a farm manager who carried out Lee's instructions. The work was done by enslaved laborers and some indentured servants. A 20th-century archaeological excavation found evidence of three structures (part of an early slave quarter) along Sully's south road.
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1801.
Location. 38° 54.829′ N, 77° 25.608′ W. Marker is in Chantilly, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Historic Sully Way south of Air and Space Museum Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3454 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly VA 20151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sully Historic Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clover Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Loudoun Branch" of the Historic Manassas Gap Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); An 18th Century Enslaved Community at Sully (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richard Bland Lee Served His Country (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eastern Red Cedar - Juniperus virginiana (approx. half a mile away); Old Barn and Other Farm Buildings (approx. half a mile away); Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on October 2, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.