Sully Historic Site, Chantilly

Sully Historic Site, more commonly known as Sully Plantation, is both a Virginia landmark and nationally registered historic place in Chantilly, Virginia.The earliest recorded claim to the land was made by the Doeg. Later the Lee family of Virginia owned the land from 1725 to 1839. Richard Bland Lee did not build the main house until 1794. Following the purchase by William Swartwort in 1838, Sully was used as a home, a working farm, or both by a series of private owners. Then in 1958, Sully was acquired by the federal government as a part of the area to be used for the construction of Dulles Airport. Today the Fairfax County Park Authority operates the site with a specific focus on the Lee family.HistoryPre-Lee periodThe land that would become part of Sully was likely controlled by several groups before the Doeg claimed the area. English settlers encountered Algonquian language speaking members of the Doeg tribe in modern-day Northern Virginia. The Doeg are most well known for their raid in July 1675 that became a part of Bacon's Rebellion. English colonists settling in modern Northern Virginia came into conflict with the Doeg from 1661 to 1664. When diplomatic attempts failed, the governor sent the Rappahannock County militia in June 1666. The specifics of that military action are unclear, but later land grants to English settlers are not disputed, suggesting the English gained control of the area. The English presumptively took control after a violent conflict with the Doeg in 1666. Little is recorded about the disposition of this land from the time when the English gained control of it until the land is patented by the Lee family of Virginia.
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  • I signed up for the "A Taste of Tea and History: Fashion" program through Fairfax County ParkTakes, and I am so happy that I did! Naomi gave a wonderful presentation on fashion during the 1860s--fun a...  more »
  • We visited here after hours Monday night. The gates close at 5 pm but we drove on at 5:30. The inside of the house was closed but the grounds was open until dark. We saw everything but the inside and ...  more »
  • I'm a resident of Manassas and have driven by this place for many years. I finally insisted (on Fathers Day, when I could get away with it) that the whole family accompany me on a walk though this pla...  more »
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  • Been there few times for different festivals. Great location.lots of stuff to do around that area too. Very good picnic spot.
  • Great location, plenty of room for kids to run around and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Neat historical site. Well worth seeing.
  • I have been here for a few of their annual car shows. Very nice site. Take the tour if you want to learn the history of the site.
  • It's a beautiful place, but if you are going to go, take the tour or come on an event day.

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