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Leesylvania State Park

Leesylvania State Park
Virginia State Park
Leesylvania State Park
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Prince William
Location Woodbridge
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates
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]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Recreation 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

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

Freestone Point Confederate Battery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2] The battery engaged with vessels of the US Navy's Potomac Flotilla on September 25, 1861. There were no casualties on either side, but the Federal vessels withdrew at the conclusion of the fighting. (Ref: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in The War of The Rebellion)

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

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

  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.  
  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. 

External links

  • Leesylvania State Park
  • Hiking at Leeslyvania State Park
  • Leesylvania (Ruins), State Route 610, Dumfries, Prince William County, VA: 2 photos at Historic American Buildings Survey
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