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National Historic Landmark

Menokin was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Rebecca Tayloe Lee of Mount Airy Plantation. The house was built in 1769 on land once inhabited by the Rappahannock Tribe. In 1971 it was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Menokin Foundation was formed to preserve, protect and interpret this important structure.

Rappahannock Creek

Chesapeake Gateway

Menokin is located along the shoreline of Cat Point Creek, a pristine tributary of the Rappahannock River and a part of the National Park Service Chesapeake Gateway Network and the Captain John Smith Water Trail. Menokin offers access to the water for kayaks and canoes, where a paddle along the creek provides a view of bald eagle and wildlife habitat that is virtually unchanged over time.


Re-imagining a Ruin

The Menokin Foundation is embarking on a revolutionary re-imagining of this historic structure. Led by the architecture firm of Machado Silvetti, the Menokin Foundation hopes to transform this house and 500-acre classroom into an educational and environmental experience like no other.


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Cabell Foundation Matching Grant

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