Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA, USA
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_p… - (703) 730-8205
Leesylvania State Park Woodbridge Reviews
History and recreation at Leesylvania State Park Feb 12, 2011
Leesylvania Sate Park is a 542 acre wooded park along the Potomac River between Powells Creek and Neabsco Creek in Prince William County. The park includes the prominent Freestone Point bluffs.
The park area was once part of Leesylvania Plantation owned by Henry Lee II (1730-1787). Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, a Revolutionary War hero (and father of Robert E. Lee), was born at Leesylvania. The Visitor Center has historical exhibits on the area from the pre-Colonial era to the post-Civil War period.
There are several hiking trails in the park. One leads to the Confederate gun emplacement on top of Freestone Point, to the Lee family cemetery, and to the remains of the Fairfax plantation home. (The Fairfax family owned Leesylvania in the 19th century.) Other nature trails wind through the woods and along the river shoreline.
In 1861, the Confederates established a four-gun fortification on top of the Freestone Point bluffs. The idea was to fire on Union ships supplying Washington, DC. The Potomac River blockade reached some level of success during September 1861-March 1862. Remains of the Freestone Point Battery earthworks can be seen today and are interpreted as part of the park.
Recreation at the park includes hiking trails, fishing, boating, and camping. There is a boat launch ramp and parking area.
Admission is $5 per car on weekends.
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