Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer

Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer (HM2DWH)

Location: Chantilly, VA 20151 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.829', W 77° 25.608'

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Under Richard Bland Lee's ownership, Sully transitioned from a tobacco farm into a multi-crop operation. Lee applied nutrients and crushed limestone to the worn soil, and made use of crop rotation to increase its productivity. Wheat, rye, timothy, clover, and corn were grown. Livestock raised included cattle hogs, sheep, and horses.

Fruit-bearing cherry trees lined the driveway approaching the main house. Sully's orchard produced apples, peaches, plums, quinces, apricots, and pears. A two-acre kitchen garden supplied a variety of vegetables. Completed in 1801, the stone dairy provided cool storage for eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.

Sully's farming operations were overseen by a farm manager who carried out Lee's instructions. The work was done by enslaved laborers and some indentured servants. A 20th-century archaeological excavation found evidence of three structures (part of an early slave quarter) along Sully's south road.
Placed ByFairfax County Park Authority
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Date Added Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289591 N 4310012
Decimal Degrees38.91381667, -77.42680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.829', W 77° 25.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 49.74" N, 77° 25' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3454 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly VA 20151, US
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