Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Sully Farms
“Alone in Dixie”
On September 1, 1862, Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson fought Federal Gen. John Pope's retreating army at the Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly), five miles east of Sully, after the Second Battle of Manassas. The farms were reportedly used as hospitals. In December 1862, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry, returning from his "Christmas Raid" on Burke Station, stopped here and rested his men. Stuart, as well as Gens. Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee, ate breakfast in the house and left Union wounded behind in Maria
As the war continued, Confederate partisans fought on Sully lands. Confederate Col. John S. Mosby frequented the farms here, searching for supplies but also hoping to capture the men of the family. Neighbor Henry Ryer, reminiscing about the raids, called Mosby a "regular dare-devil."
(Sidebar) Henry Lee I patented the 3,000 acres that became Sully in 1725. His grandson, Richard Bland Lee, built the present Federal-style house in 1794, served in the Virginia House of Delegates, and was also the first Congressman from Northern Virginia. Richard Bland Lee was the brother of the Revolutionary War Hero "Light Horse" Harry Lee and the uncle of Robert E. Lee. Sully remained in the Lee family until 1838.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 54.409′ N, 77° 25.893′ W. Marker is in Chantilly, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Sully Road (Virginia Route 28) north of Lee - Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. 50). Marker is next to the gazebo at the end of the visitor's parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chantilly VA 20151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sully Plantation (about 300 feet Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer (approx. half a mile away); Clover Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sully Historic Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel John Singleton Mosby (approx. ¾ mile away); Salisbury Plain (approx. 1.2 miles away); McAtee's Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away); Chantilly (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
More about this marker. One of the series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers. There is plenty of parking at the plantation and it now has its own exit, shared with the Air & Space Museum, off of Route 28.
Regarding The Sully Farms. There is a charge to tour the house and outbuildings. But there is no charge for parking, walking the grounds, or using the tree-shaded picnic tables.
Also see . . . The Sully Farms. Official Sully Plantation page on the Fairfax County Park Authority site. (Submitted on March 31, 2006.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,799 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 27, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.