Leesylvania State Park

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Coordinates: 38°35′24″N 77°15′20″W / 38.59000°N 77.25556°W / 38.59000; -77.25556
Leesylvania State Park
Virginia State Park
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Leesylvania State Park
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Prince William
Location Woodbridge
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 38°35′24″N 77°15′20″W / 38.59000°N 77.25556°W / 38.59000; -77.25556
Area 542 acres (219 ha)
Founded 1978 [1]
Management Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
IUCN category V
Leesylvania Archeological Site (44PW7)
Nearest city Dumfries, Virginia
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 84003565[2]
VLR # 076-0045
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 13, 1984
Designated VLR June 19, 1984[3]
Location of Leesylvania State Park in Virginia

Leesylvania State Park is located in the southeastern part of Prince William County, Virginia. The land was donated in 1978 by philanthropist Daniel K. Ludwig, and the park was dedicated in 1985 and opened full-time in 1992.[4]

History[edit]

At the time of early English settlers, Leesylvania was believed to be the site of an Algonquian village, overlooking Neabsco Creek.

Henry Lee II settled on the land from 1747 until his death in 1787. He and his wife had eight children at their home, including Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Revolutionary War hero and future father of Civil War general Robert E. Lee. George Washington mentions visiting the Lee House three times in his diaries. In 1825 the property was sold to Henry Fairfax, and later passed to John Fairfax in 1847. The land was also used as a small Confederate force and gun emplacement during the Civil War. The Freestone Point Confederate Battery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2]

Today, only a small cornerstone of the Lee House remains. The house and its path were completely bulldozed in the 1950s to make way for a road. A restored chimney of the Fairfax House remains. Henry Lee II and his wife, along with Henry Fairfax and his third wife are buried on the property. The sites and the cemetery are accessible by trail. The Leesylvania Archeological Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[2]

Recreation[edit]

Bushey Point Group Camp

The park has a small group-only campground, five hiking trails, fishing pier, boat ramp, visitor center, natural sand beach, and four picnic shelters.[5]








References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leesylvania State Park". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leesylvania State Park". Northern Virginia Heritage. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Leesylvania State Park". Prince William County Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 

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