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Operation Hours and Information Sully Plantation

Open: Daily 11am - 4pm, except closed Tuesdays and some holidays, check with the site.
House Tours: Guided tours of the main house given on the hour. January and February, last tour is 3:00pm, closed Tuesdays

Forgotten Road Tours: Outside walking tour of the original outbuildings and slave quarter given at 2pm through mid-November. Mid-November through February by reservation only. Canceled if inclement weather and code red weather conditions, call site to confirm tour status.

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Student (16+), $3/Senior (60+), and child (5-15), per tour. Cost for both tours, approximately two hours in length, is only $2 more: $7/Adult, $6/Student, $5/Senior and child.

Sully Plantation, a Lee Family Home

An oasis of the past, Sully reflects the history of Fairfax County. Completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, the main house at Sully combines aspects of Georgian and Federal architecture. Richard Bland Lee was Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress, as well as General Robert E. Lee's uncle. On the National Register for Historic Places, and accredited by the American Association of Museums, Sully also includes original outbuildings, representative slave quarter and gardens.Guided tours highlight the early 19th century life of the Richard Bland Lee family, tenant farmers and enslaved African Americans. Programs reflect the history of Fairfax County through the 20th century.

Sully, the country home of Richard Bland and Elizabeth Collins Lee, was built in 1794 on land inherited by his father, Henry Lee II. The house was situated on what was originally a 3,111 acre tract between Cub and Flatlick Runs, then part of Loudoun County, Virginia. In 1789, Lee was elected to represent northern Virginia in the first congress of the United States. For the next five years he spent a good deal of his time in New York and Philadelphia, where the delegates convened. By the end of 1793, construction began on the manor house and associated buildings which eventually replaced the log house that was Richard Bland Lee's bachelor residence.

Various Buildings on Sully Plantation Grounds

Sully Historic Site
3601 Sully Road, Chantilly, VA


Two-and-a-half stories high and three bays wide, Sully bears a resemblance to the townhouses of Philadelphia, the city where Lee met and married Elizabeth Collins, the daughter of a Quaker merchant. Stephen Collins, visiting his daughter's Chantilly home in September of 1794, wrote to assure his wife that Sully was "a clever house, has an elegant hall 12 feet wide and two very pretty rooms on the first floor...

There are two large and one small Chamber in the second story, and one handsome and large chamber in the third or garret story and another good lodging room besides..." The Lee home was, by design, a fit residence for a man of Lee's station and a comfortable dwelling place for his wife.

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