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.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Warsaw using our trip planner.
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.
At first I was disappointed that the house wasn't encased in glass. But then I thought how cool it was to see this property before it was and definitely want to revisit and see it after the glass... more »
We enjoyed our visit here. There is a story told of the original inhabitants of the house, and there is a preservation story going on now. The docents were interesting. We are glad we went! more »
My two grandsons and I went to "Makers Day" in June. I believe it was the first annual. We had the BEST TIME!! We only intended to stay maybe an hour to and hour and a half and ended up staying over THREE HOURS! They had many interesting and hands on things to do such as making birdhouses, making sun prints using leaves, making sun catchers from scratch and brick making! We also took a tour of the Menokin House which we actually got to walk inside of and hear the history. The best part of the whole day is that my two grandsons (ages 14 and 9) never ONCE said "I'm bored" or "Is it time to go yet?" or anything like that. They LOVED EVERY MINUTE! Their favorite was the brick making (of course!) and mine was the making the sun catchers. I would definitely take them again next year!! It was so fun! Thank you to everyone that did all the work to make that happen :)
Really beautiful place with a lot of history, and the dog Sadi is just adorable
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