Prato Rio

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Prato Rio
Prato Rio is located in West Virginia
Prato Rio
Prato Rio is located in the US
Prato Rio
Location Leetown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°20′49″N 77°56′12″W / 39.34694°N 77.93667°W / 39.34694; -77.93667Coordinates: 39°20′49″N 77°56′12″W / 39.34694°N 77.93667°W / 39.34694; -77.93667
Built 1775
NRHP Reference # 73001916
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973[1]

Prato Rio, also known as Hopewell, near Leetown, West Virginia, was the home of General Charles Lee of the Continental Army, for whom Leetown is named. Lee lived there from 1774 to his death in 1782. The property was originally acquired in 1731 by Han Yost Heydt (or Hite), who built a log cabin on the property he called "Hopewell". Heydt's son Jacob expanded the cabin in 1733. In 1774 Jacob Heydt sold the 3,000-acre (12 km2) plantation to Lee, who renamed the estate "Prato Rio". During the nineteenth century a number of additions were built.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Charles W. Snell (July 27, 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Prato Rio" (pdf). National Park Service. 

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