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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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  • Followed the signs after Internet searching to see what Menokin was. The restoration of the house of Richard Lightfoot Lee will be a great effort. The pieces in the visitor center removed from the hou...  more »
  • The plantation house ruin is interesting, as is the partial restoration. The Visitor's Center, at least after Labor Day, is only open Thurs-Sat, so we could not enter it. Depending on time of year, be...  more »
  • The hard hat tour of Menokin literally provides a glimpse inside of the architecture of an 18th century mansion. Restoration of the existing portion of the structure will be supplemented by structural...  more »
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