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Menokin Foundation, Warsaw

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Menokin, also known as Francis Lightfoot Lee House, was the plantation of Francis Lightfoot Lee near Warsaw, Virginia. Lee was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. Menokin was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation, including photos from the 1940s, shows the house standing and reported that it was in poor condition, awaiting a restorer. The National Park Service webpage shows the house in ruins, but reports that woodwork had been removed and placed in storage in the 1960s. Although the house has partly collapsed, the Menokin Foundation has developed a plan to restore the house using glass segments to fill missing portions of the building instead of trying to restore the house to its original condition.Native American settlementBefore the Menokin plantation was ever developed, this area along Cat Point Creek was home to the Rappahannock Indian Tribe. In 1608, Capt. John Smith explored the creeks that feed into the Rappahannock River and recorded his meetings with the Rappahannocks, which gives us a written glimpse into the area and its people at that time. The general plantation site was referred to as "Menokin" by the Rappahannocks, which likely translates to "He gives it to me" in their Algonquian-based language. Francis Lightfoot Lee kept the name for his home.
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  • This is a completely different approach to conservation and I can't wait to see it finished. We've been several times and the caretakers are very friendly and informative. Did their blue festival a co...  more »
  • The drive to Menokin is well worth it. The home of Francis Lightfoot Lee is a marvelous study in American, Virginia, and Northern Neck history, its residents, architecture, and lifestyle. The staff is...  more »
  • You've never seen a project like this one. History meets unconvenional tactics. This is a most curious and exceptional redemption you will NOT want to miss!  more »
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