Chantilly, Virginia

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Not to be confused with Chantilly, Oise.
Chantilly, Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
View east along U.S. Route 50 in Chantilly
View east along U.S. Route 50 in Chantilly
Location of Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia
Location of Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°52′30″N 77°24′9″W / 38.87500°N 77.40250°W / 38.87500; -77.40250Coordinates: 38°52′30″N 77°24′9″W / 38.87500°N 77.40250°W / 38.87500; -77.40250
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fairfax
 • Total 11.7 sq mi (30.199 km2)
 • Land 11.7 sq mi (30.199 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 322 ft (98 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 23,039
 • Density 3,520/sq mi (1,359.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20151, 20152, 20153
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-14744[1]
GNIS feature ID 1495375[2]

Chantilly is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in western Fairfax County in Northern Virginia.[3][4] The Chantilly CDP population was 23,039 as of the 2010 census.[5] Chantilly is named after an early-19th-century mansion and farm, which in turn took the name of an 18th-century plantation that was located in Westmoreland County, Virginia.[6] The name "Chantilly" originated in France with the Château de Chantilly,[7][8] about 25 miles north of Paris.

Chantilly VA Historical Marker.jpg

Chantilly is part of the Washington metropolitan area and is approximately 25 miles (39 km) from Washington, D.C., via Interstate 66 and U.S. Route 50. The Chantilly CDP is centrally located between Centreville, Virginia to the Southwest, Herndon, Virginia and Reston, Virginia, to the North and Northeast, respectively, and Fairfax, Virginia, which is approximately 5 miles to the east. U.S. Route 50 and Virginia State Route 28 intersect in Chantilly, and these highways provide access to the Dulles/Reston/Tysons Corner technology corridor and other major employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Chantilly CDP is also less than 4 milles west of Fair Lakes, Virginia, which includes the Eastern Market at Fair Lakes, Fair Lakes Promenade, The Shops at Fair Lakes, and the Fair Oaks Mall.


Sully Plantation (Sully Historic Site) Main House
The Stone House. The only building of the former Chantilly Plantation (not to be confused with the Sully Plantation) that still exists today. It is located on the North side of Route 50, across from the Greenbriar Shopping Center. Historical evidence strongly suggests the Stone House was an overseer's quarters before the Civil War, and became a tavern later.

Chantilly was home to a number of colonial plantations in the 1700s, including The Sully Plantation (now the Sully Historic Site) built by Richard Bland Lee I. Other plantations included George Richard Lee Turberville's "Leeton Grove"[9] (originally a 5,000+ acre plantation, the main house of which still stands at 4619 Walney Rd.), the John Hutchison Farm, and the "Chantilly Plantation", after which Chantilly is named. Cornelia Lee Turberville Stuart, who was born at Leeton and was the daughter of George Richard Lee Turberville and Henrietta Lee, inherited a portion of Leeton in 1817 from her father. Stuart and her husband Charles Calvert Stuart, whom she had married in 1816, constructed the Chantilly Plantation and named it after the Westmoreland County, VA plantation owned by her grandfather, Richard Henry Lee—a signer of the Declaration of Independence. During the Civil War, federal troops destroyed by fire the main residence of the Chantilly Plantation—the Chantilly Plantation Manor. One building—a lonely, stone house remains, across Route 50 from the Greenbriar Shopping Center. While it is not clear what this stone house was used for, most historical evidence suggests it was probably a plantation overseer's quarters during the antebellum period, and a tavern or boarding house following the War. Following the War, Cornelia Stuart, who had become deeply in debt, sold her 1,064 acre Chantilly estate. The advertisement for the sale referenced several "tenements", one of which was the Stone House.

Growth of the village predominantly occurred during the 19th century, particularly following the construction of Little River Turnpike (Route 236) to Winchester.

The evolution of the Chantilly area into an outer suburb of Washington, D.C., gained momentum after 1980, as developers built residential subdivisions and commercial areas, filling in the farm land south of Dulles Airport.

Civil War[edit]

During the American Civil War on September 1, 1862, the Battle of Chantilly (or Ox Hill) was fought nearby. Following his victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run (or Second Manassas), Confederate General Robert E. Lee directed Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson to cross Bull Run on August 31 and sweep around the position of Major General John Pope's Union Army of Virginia at Centreville. Reaching the Little River Turnpike northwest of Centreville, Jackson turned southeastward toward Fairfax Court House (now Fairfax, Virginia) to strike in rear of Pope's army.

During September 1, Pope, apprised of Jackson's movement, began to withdraw toward Fairfax Court House. Late in the day, Jackson clashed with Union forces under Brigadier General Isaac Stevens and Major General Philip Kearny near Ox Hill, west of Fairfax. During the ensuing battle, which was fought amid a raging storm, both Union generals Stevens and Kearny were killed. The fighting ended at dusk, and Pope's army continued its withdrawal to Fairfax and subsequently to the Washington defenses.

Although commercial and residential development now covers most of the Chantilly (Ox Hill) battlefield, a small county park preserves a five-acre (19,000 m²) portion of the battle site.

During the Civil War, Chantilly stretched to the intersection of West Ox Road and Monument Drive, shown in this original map of the Battle of Chantilly at the "GAP" between the two railroad grades to the immediate southeast of "A.P. Hill"


Chantilly is located at 38°53′39″N 77°25′52″W / 38.89417°N 77.43111°W / 38.89417; -77.43111 (38.894146, −77.431407).[10]

Informally, Chantilly is located around the intersection of US-50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy) and VA-28 (Sully Rd).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.2 km²), all of it land.

Chantilly is served by US-50, the Fairfax County Parkway, and Virginia State Route 28 (Sully Road).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 12,259
1990 29,337 139.3%
2000 41,041 39.9%
2010 23,039 −43.9%

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 23,039 people and 6,955 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,916.6 people per square mile (1,359.0/km²). There were 7,403 housing units at an average density of 616/sq mi (502.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 57.6% White, 6.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 25.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.9% of the population.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $121,141. The per capita income for the CDP was $44,267. About 8.5% of persons were below the poverty line.


The American Registry for Internet Numbers is headquartered in an unincorporated area by Washington Dulles International Airport, near Chantilly.[12][13][14]

At one time, Compass Airlines was headquartered near Chantilly, in an unincorporated area. The headquarters was relocated to Minnesota in late 2009.[15][16][17]

Notable local organizations[edit]

  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park – On the western site of Route 28, the park houses athletic fields—including soccer, baseball, and softball fields, trails and fitness stations. Coyote sitings have been reported within the park.[18]
The Walney Visitor Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
  • The Westfields Marriott in Chantilly hosted the annual Bilderberg summit in 2002,[22] 2008 and 2012,[23] which inspired protests.[24]
  • Ticonderoga Farms


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Residents of the CDP go to Fairfax County Public Schools.

Elementary schools within the CDP include Brookfield Elementary School, Greenbriar East Elementary School, Greenbriar West Elementary School, Lees Corner Elementary School, Navy Elementary School, and Poplar Tree Elementary School.[13]

Rocky Run Middle School, Franklin Middle School, and Chantilly High School are located within the CDP. Westfield High School is a large high school located outside of the CDP.[13]

St. Timothy School and St. Veronica School, private Catholic schools, are located in the CDP.[13]

Public libraries[edit]

Fairfax County Public Library operates the Chantilly Regional Library in the CDP.[13][25]


Chantilly is part of Sully District in Fairfax County and is governed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The current supervisor for Sully District is Kathy Smith.[26]



Chantilly is served by The CentreView.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Chantilly CDP". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Chantilly CDP, VA" (PDF). City Data. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chantilly CDP, Virginia". US Census. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Marker - Chantilly". Fairfax County Government. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Hagemann, James A. (1988) The heritage of Virginia: The story of place names in the Old Dominion. The Donning Co., 297 p.
  8. ^ "Fairfax County Historical Roadside Marker - Chantilly". Fairfax County Government. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "George Richard Lee Turberville". Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  12. ^ "Contact Us." American Registry for Internet Numbers. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Chantilly CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
  14. ^ "ARIN Upgrades IPv6 Network Services With Dual Stack GigE Internet Access From NTT America." Red Orbit. Tuesday September 2, 2008. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
  15. ^ "About Us." Compass Airlines. Retrieved on February 28, 2010.
  16. ^ "About Us." Compass Airlines. Retrieved on September 26, 2009.
  17. ^ "Chantilly CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 26, 2009.
  18. ^ "Naturalist: Coyotes breeding in Fairfax Co. park". WTOP Radio. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "National Reconnaissance Office". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Intelligence Agencies Must Operate More Like An Enterprise
  21. ^ "The Evolving Role of the NRO". Federation of American Scientists. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Occupy Bilderberg faces off with secretive gathering". RT. 1 June 2012. 
  24. ^ Devereaux, Ryan. "Tea Party and Occupy activists rub shoulders at Bilderberg protest". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Library Branches." Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  26. ^ "Sully District". Fairfax County, Virginia. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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