Leesylvania State Park
Woodbridge, VA

Park Size: 542 acres on a peninsula bordered by the Potomac River, Neabsco Creek and Powells Creek.

HISTORY: Leesylvania State Park opened full time in 1992. In 1978, noted philanthropist Daniel Ludwig donated the land to the state for a park. A national historical society, the Society of Lees of Virginia, was instrumental in securing the donation. Locally the area is known as "Freestone Point," referring to the sandstone early settlers took from the property for building. Henry Lee II lived on the property from 1747 until his death in 1787. His wife died five years later and both were buried in the family gravesite, which is still on the property. Their mansion burned soon after Mrs. Lee died. Eight children were born at Leesylvania, including Henry Lee III (Light Horse Harry), a cavalry colonel in the revolution, governor of Virginia (1791-1794) and father of Robert E. Lee. In 1825 the property was sold to Henry Fairfax. His son John, later an aide to CSA Gen. James Longstreet, inherited the property in 1847. The Fairfax house burned in 1910, shortly after John's death, but many remnants, including a large chimney that has been restored, remain on the site. In addition, Freestone Point was the site of a Confederate force and gun emplacement during the Civil War.

THINGS TO DO:
A small, tents-only primitive campground is available only for groups.

The park has a large visitor center featuring historic and nature displays, an environmental education classroom and a gift shop.
The park store operates from April through October. It features a snack bar offering pizza, sandwiches, breakfast items, ice cream and cold drinks. Groceries, marine gasoline and oil, bait and tackle, t-shirts, hats and souvenirs are also available.

Canoe tours, guided historic and nature walks, children’s fishing tournaments, Junior Ranger day camps, and historical programming. Music at the Marina concert series, May-September; Junior Ranger summer camps, June-August; and Multi-cultural Celebration in June.

The park participates in Virginia’s State Parks: Your Backyard Classrooms, a 40 activity curriculum guide for use by teachers of grades K-12.

CONTACT INFO:
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191-4504
Phone: (703) 730-8205
leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov

LOCATION: Leesylvania State Park is in the southeast area of Prince William County, about 25 miles from Washington, D.C., and Fredericksburg. From I-95, take Rippon Landing Exit 156, then go east on Dale Blvd. to U.S. 1. Jefferson Davis Hwy. Turn right on Jefferson Davis Hwy., and then turn left onto Neabsco Rd. (Route 610) east for about two miles.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs@dcr.virginia.gov.

Visit at: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/lee.shtml