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“Historical Interest Site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sully Plantation

Sully Plantation
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151
703-437-1794
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Chantilly
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Historic Walking Areas
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Chantilly, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Historical Interest Site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great place for families to visit. It has historical significance in the region and has guides and demonstrations. On weekends they often host special seasonal events or car shows. It is also very close to the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center, featuring aircraft from the early days of flight right up to the space shuttle.

Visited May 2013
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Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Great Tour of the Plantation House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Very knowledgeable staff. The tour was great and they were good with children. There is also plenty of open space for kids to run and explore some of the out-buildings on their own. It's certainly a place we go back to on a regular basis. They also have a bunch of special events, but beware these can get very crowded. I've seen the traffic really backed up for things like a Classic Cars event.

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Pretty basic but OK”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Went to Sully expecting a version of the plantations in the deeper south. Sully was pretty much like a northern farm house as it was built in Federalist style vs Colonial. The property has all of the plantation elements, e.g. house, detached kitchen, smokehouse, dairy, school and slave quarters, but lacked any grandeur. The history of the place was interesting, dating back to the mid-1700's. Some of the house artifacts were of note as originals. A tour of the house provided but there was no access to the other buildings. Overall it is worth the fee for a one hour tour.

Visited July 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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“Well-presented home of No. Virginia's 1st representative to Congress”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Sully Historic Site is the well-maintained plantation house and some outbuildings of Richard Bland Lee. He was a member of Virginia's famous Lee family, which included Lighthorse Harry Lee and Robert E. Lee. Richard Bland Lee was the first representative to the newly instituted U.S. Congress from northern Virginia--George Washington even voted for him.

The tour of the house takes visitors through three levels, including an informative plantation history center that discusses the property and its owners from the 1700s to the 20th century. Period furnishings--some from the Lee family--are placed throughout the house. I found the manner of presentation of some of the artifacts to be unusual and interesting, which added to the interest of the tour.

The property was saved from bulldozing for the construction of Dulles Airport through the efforts of its 20th century owner, who worked legislation through Congress and into the hands of President Eisenhower for signature.

Visited May 2013
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Reston, Virginia
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A little off the beaten track and well worth your visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

There is so little left of the historic buildings in Northern Virginia, that you really should make a visit here. This is a well-restored plantation on beautiful grounds. The docent-led tours are great. While it is open all year, see if you can find out when they have their candle-lit tour around Christmas. You can find this place only be private auto but it is at the intersection of I-66 and Rt 28. Check map ahead of time and watch for signs. I think Rt 28 going N. has the best approach and it is only minutes N. of I-66.

Visited June 2012
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