The Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Sully Plantation Home

What is the Sully Historic Site? When it was built by Richard Bland Lee in 1794, it was known as Sully Plantation. Who is Richard Bland Lee? He was the first congressman to ever represent the U.S. state of Virginia in the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. At the time, Sully Plantation was a respite from the hustle and bustle of Washington. It was a working plantation with a house, smokehouse, and kitchen that was accessible to the Little River Turnpike. Richard Bland Lee sold the plantation in 1811, and it went through numerous owners before it was sold to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1959. What was once a huge plantation has been reduced with the building of Dulles International Airport on the northwest side of the property and with no access to the Little River Turnpike (U.S. Routeā€¦

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