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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Leesylvania

 
 
Leesylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2020
1. Leesylvania Marker
Inscription.  Located along the Potomac River between Nebasco and Powells creeks and extending inland to include lands west of U.S. Route 1, this vast tract was patented in 1658 by Gervais Dodson. Henry Lee II (1729-1787) inherited the acreage upon his father’s death in 1747 and established a plantation here which he named Leesylvania, meaning Lee’s Woods. Prior to his death and burial at Leesylvania, Henry Lee II held the office of County Lieutenant for Prince William, presided As a Justice, and served prominently as a member of the House of Burgesses and State Senate. Born at Leesylvania, Henry Lee III (1756-1818) gained fame during the American Revolution as cavalry commander “Light Horse Harry” Lee. He subsequently served as Governor of Virginia and fathered Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Lee mansion burned down in 1792 and Henry Fairfax acquired the estate in 1825. Leesylvania State Park now occupies part of the original acreage
 
Erected 2012 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era
Relocated Confederate Winter Camps marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2014
2. Relocated Confederate Winter Camps marker
This marker has been relocated from its original location. It is at the right rear of the parking lot
Government & PoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 38° 36.316′ N, 77° 16.652′ W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Neabsco Road 0.1 miles east of Macedonia Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in the parking lot of the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Mitigation Bank. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Camps (within shouting distance of this marker); Julie J. Metz Amphitheater (within shouting distance of this marker); Neabsco Ironworks & Mills (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collo. Richard Blackburn (approx. half a mile away); Stones, but No Bones (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Burying Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Neabsco Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
More about this marker. The Confederate Winter Camps marker has been relocated to this location as well.
 
Leesylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2014
3. Leesylvania Marker
Look for the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Mitigation Bank sign, then pull into the parking lot
Confederate Winter Camps marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2014
4. Confederate Winter Camps marker
Location detail
Leesylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2020
5. Leesylvania Marker
Henry Lee II image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 26, 2019
6. Henry Lee II
This portrait of Henry Lee II hangs at Sully Plantation in Fairfax County, Virginia. Henry Lee II was the father of Henry Lee III (Light Horse Harry), of Charles Lee, Attorney General of the United States and of Richard Bland Lee of Sully and eventually Washington, DC, the first U.S. Congressman from Fairfax County.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 411 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.   5. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   6. submitted on September 27, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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