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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.

History

At the time of early English settlers, Leeslyvania was believed to be the site of an Algonquin 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.

Today, only a small corner stone 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.

Coordinates: 38°35′34.8″N 77°15′40.9″W / 38.593°N 77.261361°W / 38.593; -77.261361

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