Ceremony to Honor Richard Bland Lee in Chantilly

Ceremony to Honor Richard Bland Lee in Chantilly

The Daughters of American Colonists (DAC) will erect a marker to Richard Bland Lee at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly. The ceremony is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m., under a tent at the visitors’ center at 3650 Historic Sully Way.

Lee, who was born in 1761 and died in 1827, owned the former Sully Plantation on that land and built the house that’s there. He was also Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress.

DAC member Jan Welch, of Little Rocky Run, said the DAC is a genealogical society that helps people understand what happened at historic sites. “This group focuses on people who lived in the 13 colonies, and almost all my ancestors were here during that time,” she said. “My chapter is called the Richard Bland Lee Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of American Colonists.”

During the ceremony, said Welch, “We’ll put up a big, multicolored plaque on a stand to tell who Richard Bland Lee was and what happened on that site.” The sign, which will be an interpretive one, was developed in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Following the sign dedication, refreshments will be served. And those who wish to tour the historic house may do so.