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Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer

 
 
Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 26, 2019
1. Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer Marker
Inscription.  Under Richard Bland Lee's ownership, Sully transitioned from a tobacco farm into a multi-crop operation. Lee applied nutrients and crushed limestone to the worn soil, and made use of crop rotation to increase its productivity. Wheat, rye, timothy, clover, and corn were grown. Livestock raised included cattle hogs, sheep, and horses.

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 Americans
Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 26, 2019
2. Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer Marker
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AgricultureSettlements & 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); Sully Plantation (approx. half a mile away); The Sully Farms (approx. half a mile away); The Tuskegee Airmen (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Flying Tigers (approx. 0.8 miles away); Piedmont Airlines (approx. 0.8 miles away); F-100 Super Sabre Society (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
 
Sully Historic Site in Spring image. Click for full size.
3. Sully Historic Site in Spring
Close-up of photo on marker
Dedication of the Slave Quarter image. Click for full size.
4. Dedication of the Slave Quarter
Close-up of photo on marker
Learning to make Biscuits image. Click for full size.
5. Learning to make Biscuits
Close-up of photo on marker
Spinning wool at Sully image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 26, 2019
6. Spinning wool at Sully
Close-up of photo on marker
Tours and So Much More image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 26, 2019
7. Tours and So Much More
Nearby sign
 
 
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 159 times since then and 26 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.

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