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“Stumbled upon this gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Menokin
4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA 22572
(804) 333-1776
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Owner description: Menokin was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Rebecca Tayloe Lee.At Menokin, you can experience an 18th century house like never before. You can view, touch and feel its internal make-up as over 80% of the parts and pieces of this collapsed house still exist.We invite everyone to become part of the process as The Menokin Foundation endeavors to restore this National Historic Landmark in a revolutionary way using original fabric and architectural glass.We will also stretch our lens back over time to reveal how this house was built, how and why it fell down, and how The Menokin Foundation has made remarkable strides to preserve and interpret what remains.Admission Fee: Entrance to the grounds and visitor's center: free. Guided tour inside the ruin: $10 per person.
Hanover, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stumbled upon this gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We were taking day trips for our summer vacation and stumbled upon this gem of a place. The visitors center was a fantastic experience and the plans for the ruins Are awesome...can't wait to see the finished product!

Visited June 2014
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Newport News, Virginia
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“Creative way to show architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Menokin is the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The home was in ruins and rather than just rebuilding the house, it was decided to create a portion of the building and use glass for parts so people will be able to see how the house was built. There is a visitor's center with much information as well as some of the actual doors, fireplace, and other wooden parts which will be included in the reworking. There are also trails.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We have been visiting in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck for some time, and decided it was time to see some of the historic sites. We stopped by at Menokin on the recommendation of some friends. What a fascinating place. Not only is it a 1769 home of one of the signer's of the Declaration of Independence -- Francis Lightfoot Lee -- but it is being preserved in its present deteriorated state so that construction techniques of the 18th Century are visible and can be studied. A very different kind of site -- we were fascinated and hope to go back.

Visited August 2013
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Montross, Virginia, United States
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“Historical Impact”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The tour of Visitor Center, video and home site was very impressive both historically and architecturally. Anyone that enjoys both history and architecture along with the building of America must tour Menokin and The Northern Neck of Virginia. The birth place of Monroe, Washington, Francis Lightfoot Lee and so many other important statesmen of that era lived here, worked here, raised families here and over saw the birth of a "new nation", is simply mind boggling. From the Revolutionary War to the War Between the States this area has had a major and lasting impact on this Nation. Well worth your time to visit Menokin. Open your eyes and ears to how our founders struggled, fought and died.

Visited July 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Quite the concept!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I had stopped by for a quick look at this place and knew I had to return with friends. The first look at the property leaves everyone with a look of incredulous suprise on their face. A house that is more ruins then anything else but wait... the missing parts are being recreated with 'glass panels'. Yes - you read that right. The visitor's center provided the history, the story and a glimpse into the future. Virginia is full of restored historicial homes so it was actually pretty cool to see up close (on platforms & stairs) the 'skeleton' of the house and how it's stood up (or not) over time. There's one thing for sure... this project invites discussion and excitement. You can just go and look but I would recommend taking the tour. Our guide was knowledgable & excited about the project and answered all our questions. The weather prevented us from walking the grounds but that will be for another day. I'll be back to see the next stage of this project. Recommended for teens or adults interested in history, unique concepts and anyone with a love of architecture. Fee for tour but visit is free.

Visited July 2013
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