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Sully Historic Site Audio Transcript


On a small rise in Chantilly sits a house more than 200 years old. It was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress. His nephew was General Robert E. Lee.

This is Sully Historic Site, a Virginia landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s accredited by the American Association of Museums. And it’s Fairfax County history.

On your visit, you can walk among the outbuildings that include a kitchen-laundry, smokehouse, a stone dairy and a representative slave quarter. There are flower and kitchen gardens nearby, and the house is furnished with antiques of the federal period. The main house reflects a combination of Georgian and Federal architecture.

The staff at Sully offers educational programs, historic skills demonstrations, and living history events throughout the year.  The programs provide insight into county history and the life of Lee’s family, tenant farmers and slaves in the early 19th century. Special events, such as Sully’s Annual Antique Car Show and Quilt Show, reflect the life of Sully’s various owners through 1959.

When you visit, take a look at the looking glass in the parlor. Click on the Read More link on the website for a bit of its history.

To learn a little about the house, click on the website’s History link.  There’s information about our award-winning video on the Sully Slave Quarter under the African American Presence link. The Events Calendar tells you what’s coming up at Sully, and the Outreach Program link tells you about programs that can bring Sully to you if you can’t visit.

The website also has information on house tours, programs and costs.  There’s a special outside walking tour of the original outbuildings and slave quarter from March to November. The links under Museum Education will help plan a school trip.  Interested in volunteer opportunities at the site? Click the Volunteering link.

Sully is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm March through December with the last tour offered at 4 pm. It’s closed on Tuesdays. Hours during January and February are 11 to 3 pm. Tours are given on the hour, beginning at 11 am. There’s a small fee for tours.

The site includes the Schoolhouse Store that once served as a one-room country schoolhouse from nearby Prince William County. Items there today are reminiscent of the early 19th-century. The merchandise includes gifts and toys for children.

Sully is located next to Route 28 in Chantilly. The address is 3650 Historic Sully Way. There’s a link on the web site for directions. Sully’s phone number is 703-437-1794.
Come on out to Sully Historic Site for a look into the past.


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