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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.

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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.

In The Know

Menokin Speaker Series:
Henry Box Brown: Famous Fugitive, Trans-Atlantic Performer
(Rescheduled from February)

JUNE 23, 2016


2:00 – 4:00 | $10 | Speaker: Jeffrey Ruggles
Menokin Visitors Center | 4037 Menokin Road | Warsaw, VA

Henry "Box" Brown The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia. Who escaped from Richmond Va in a Box 3 feet long 2 1/2 ft deep and 2 ft wide entered according to act of Congress the year 1850 by Henry Box Brown in the clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts

Henry Brown escaped from slavery by shipping himself in a box from Richmond to Philadelphia. This bold feat was only the first act of a remarkable career. Trace this remarkable journey with Jeffrey Ruggles, former Curator of Prints and Photographs, Virginia Historical Society, and author of The Unboxing of Henry Brown, Library of Virginia, 2003.

Cabell Foundation Matching Grant

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