Sully Plantation is a rural island in an urban sea. From the tranquility of the site, one would scarcely guess that Dulles International Airport and a section of the National Air and Space Museum (the one with the space shuttle) are nearby. Sully was the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, brother of Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee and the uncle of Robert E. Lee. The house is not one of Virginia's great palaces, but that difference makes it all the more the interesting. It plainly was intended to be a country seat and it is elegant in its own, less ornate way. The relaxed atmosphere is reflected in the approach of the friendly tour guides, who even allow photographs inside the house! Sully comes recommended for those who would enjoy seeing a different slice of Virginia history than Mount Vernon and Monticello.
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