Chantilly Travel Guide

  • Thats supposed to be the samosa!
    Thats supposed to be the samosa!
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    Multinational cuisine!!
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Chantilly Things to Do

  • "Alone in Dixie"

    The plaque reads: At the time of the Civil War, the farms of Sully and Little Sully (no longer standing) were the homes of the Barlow and Haight families respectively. These families, connected by marriage, had come to Virginia from Dutchess County, New York, and found themselves Unionists in a secessionist neighborhood. After the men fled to avoid...

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  • Sully Farm Vistor Center & Tour

    I suggest to really learn about the home is take the tour. They take you practically through the house. The lovely lady who gave us a tour was awesome. She knew so much about the family and its history. We enjoyed it so much. A++House Tours: Guided tours of the main house given on the hour. Open daily from 11am-4pm, closed Tuesdays. Last tour at...

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  • Slave Quarters

    Aside from there having been "every necessary house for labourers" with "brick or stone chimnies" at Sully, little is known about the accommodations that Lee provided enslaved African-Americans. Archeological excavations along the South Lane have recovered, remnants from a small cluster of buildings. Their particular configuration, along with...

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  • Covered Way

    Using the original stone supports, the covered way was restored in 1975 to its early appearance. This feature provided a sheltered link between the laundry and kitchen and the main house. An early 18th century writer observed that the practice ofhaving a detached kitchen kept Virginia dwellings "more cool and Sweet."

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  • Laundry & Kitchen

    "The kitchen ...is a finer one than is in twenty miles square and it is in fact a Kitchen and Laundry with very handsom chimney with cranes in them. " -Stephen Collins, September, 1794. A massive stone chimney with double fireplaces divides this 1794 structure. Original cranes for hanging pots and cooking utensils extend across the stone hearths....

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  • Smoke House & Well

    The "well in the kitchen yard" provided water for drinking, cooking, washing linens' and clothing, and cleaning. To accomplish these tasks every day, enslaved African-Americans drew bucket after bucket of water, then hauled the heavy pails wherever they were needed. The well measures 36 feet deep. Please keep off the well cover. A contemporary of...

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  • Stone Dairy 1801

    "Our dairy is an elegant apartment and answers our most sanguine expectations. " -Richard Bland Lee, June 5, 1802. Built about 1801, this building housed the Lee's dairy operations. The red Seneca sandstone structure is embellished with galleting, a decorative technique using stone chips set into mortar. Two-foot thick stone walls ensured a cool...

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  • Log Schoolhouse

    This structure was moved to Sully in the 1960's for preservation. This log building dates from the first half of the nineteenth century and was originally a schoolhouse near Haymarket, Virginia. Admissions, Gift Shop, and Restrooms are located here.

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  • The Sully Farm 1794

    The Sully Farm, is a late 18th century home of Richard Bland Lee. The grounds and associated buildings reflect an earlier era when Lee was Northern Virginia's first congressman and an uncle of Robert E. Lee. He and his wife, Elizabeth Collins Lee, lived here with their children from 1794 to 1811. John and Alice, Ludwell and Nancy and their...

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  • An up and coming aerospace museum

    The Udvar-Hazy Center is a companion facility to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in DC. It is already larger than the NASM and it is not yet seven years old. Being an Air Force retiree, I think that I still prefer the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio but if you have a very long layover at Dulles IAP, I cannot...

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  • Sully Plantation

    Completed in 1799, this was the home of Richard Bland Lee and his wife Elizabeth. Lee was Northern Virginia's first representative in the new Congress. He was also the uncle of General Robert E. Lee. Lee sold the house in 1811. It changed hands a number of times. The Fairfax County Park Authority bought the property in 1959, and made it into a...

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  • Richard Bland Lee (Robert E. Lee's...

    Richard Bland Lee (January 20, 1761–March 12, 1827) was a planter, jurist, and politician from Fairfax County, Virginia.Richard was the son of Maj. Gen. Henry Lee II (1730-1787) of “Leesylvania” and, Lucy Grymes (1734-1792) the "Lowland Beauty".Richard was the younger brother of Maj. Gen. Henry Lee III. (1756-1818).I read about his house in the...

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  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of Air &...

    My dad keeps wanting to come here, but we finally went without him. Hours:10:00 am - 5:30 pm Free but public parking is $12The James S. McDonnell Space Hangar opened in November 2004 and displays hundreds of famous spacecraft, rockets, satellites and space-related small artifacts. The centerpiece of the space hangar is the Space Shuttle Enterprise....

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  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

    The Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is full. So the Smithsonian has expanded the facility to this new location, out in Chantilly. Bigger than the other one, with plenty of room to grow, this museum is called America's Hangar. Its collection of aircraft, missiles, satellites, and memorabilia is larger than the original. It's well worth the...

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  • Fair Oaks Shopping Center (MALL)

    This is a really large mall. Two stories tall with lots of shops and eateries. My husband and I happened to stumble across this mall, due to the fact there was no signs letting you know...MALL ahead.It is located off Route 50 East in Chantilly, near the I-495 beltway. There is a Lords & Taylor, New York & Co., Claire's boutique, GAP, Pottery Barn,...

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Chantilly Restaurants

  • Food from the Indian subcontinent

    Any place that messes up translation from a regional language to English can be downright awful or just fabulous, this one is the latter!

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  • Red Robin Restaurant

    Larry and I happened to stumble across this restaurant while driving one night. The next day we decided to try it out for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. We normally aren't crazy about "BURGER" style joints, but this restaurant was awesome..Our only regret was not having our little girl with us..(we missed her at every turn on this trip and...

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Chantilly Transportation

  • Dulles In

    Dulles is so difficult to get to by car from where we live, that my husband told me I was NEVER to fly out of Dulles again. He got lost on the way HOME after dropping us off.When he came to pick us up, he went to the Hourly lot directly in front of the Main Terminal and didn't use the free Cell Phone Waiting Area. The rate for the Hourly Lot is $4...

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  • Flying Out

    As far as the terminal itself - Bob unloaded us at section 3, and we straggled inside with our bags. We checked in and got our boarding passes. A man, took our bags (didn't ask me to make a name label but this is a non-stop flight) and said mine was 21 kilos. I later asked Bob how many kilos to a pound and the said 2.4 which would be 50.4 pounds,...

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  • Washington Dulles International Airport

    The way most people get to Dulles is to drive their own car. But there are six other ways to get there.1) Public Transportation A) Metrorail - Any Orange line train headed towards "Vienna/Fairfax/GMU." Exit the train at the West Falls Church station, and follow the signs directing you to the Washington Flyer bus stop. Tickets can be purchased on...

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Chantilly Shopping

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 18, 2011

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    The Log Schoolhouse is where you get your tickets to see Sully farm and for the tour. The restroom is underneath it and there is a soda machine available too. This little shop is adorable with lots of wonderful gifts. Jason was very kind to let me take a picture of him. A very nice young man.

    Gift Shop: Open daily from 11am-4pm, except Tuesdays and some holidays, check with the site. Take home a historical remembrance of your visit to Sully. Unique gifts include tricorn hats, early 1800s reproductions, quill pens, caps, historic games and toys, blue and white ware, history books, tea cups and much more

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Chantilly Warnings and Dangers

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    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    The Air and Space Museum and Dulles Airport (both in Chantilly) have certain things in common that the traveler should be aware of.

    *Both of them have a parking charge

    *Both of them are away from other Washington D.C. areas, so access is not easy or quick

    *At both of them you have to undergo a security screening, and the lines for the screening may get backed up.

    The following items are NOT PERMITTED in the Museum:
    tripods
    guns
    knives
    pen knives
    pets
    food/drinks
    scissors
    aerosol cans
    tools
    smoking

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