Sully Historic Site, Chantilly

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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.
Pre-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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  • For those who have never seen the plantation way of life it is all here...most interesting home school  more »
  • This is right next to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles so you should Spears a little time traveling back in time to see this historic Lee Family house. We all really enjoyed the experience.  more »
  • We went to Sully Plantation for the Father's Day car show. It was not a disappointment. Rows and rows of antique cars, great choices of food at the food court, LIVE MUSIC, and a flea market, too. We enjoyed talking to the owners of the cars and hearing the history. It sprinkled for a few minutes and that turned out to be a bonus because we got to see all the owners putting the tops back on the convertibles. So cool! The only downfall was that the food was very expensive. But we had a great time and are looking forward to next year .
  • It was a greate history museum. The tour was very informative. Just imagine to be able to see the actual items that was used in the past. Wow!

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