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Monday, February 16, 2015
Family fun: Visiting Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.
Sully Historic Site, located near Dulles Airport in
Chantilly, Va., sits just south of the airport right off Route 28. The estate
is also quite close to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, which means if you
are in the area, seeing both the same day is pretty convenient.
The Sully house was built in 1794 and originally owned by
Richard Bland Lee, who served as Virginia’s first congressman. The property was
slated to be demolished in the 1950s in order to expand the Dulles Airport, but
was saved by an act of Congress and President Eisenhower's signature. It is now listed on the National Register of
Today the house and grounds are run by the Fairfax County
Parks Department and the home is open for tours. The grounds are beautiful and,
when you tour the house, you get a pretty good feeling of how life existed back
in the 18th and 19th century, especially if your visit falls on a day where
volunteers are dressed in period clothing or there is a living history event
going on (which is often!)
During these events special living history groups come and
play the part for all to enjoy through their historical and very accurate
reenactments. You can find out more
about Sully Historic Site on the Fairfax
County Parks website. To find out what events are happening at Sully, the site
maintains a calendar of events. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly.
These are a few photos and a video taken from some of the many events I've attended
at Sully over the years. The historical events held at Sully Historic Site are
highly interactive and we've always had a great time. Nice day (or night - depending on the event) out.
Victorian Christmas at Sully
Video footage I took a few years back during Sully's annual WWII event: