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A Off the Beaten Path Worth Going Off the Beaten Path For

I had made a decision to see some sites in the region, and this was one of them... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
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A Preservation Approach That's Worth a Trip Off the Beaten Path

This former home of Francis Lee is interpreted as the ruin it currently is -- and that's what makes... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
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Menokin is the most engaging preservation project in America. Once the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Rebecca Tayloe Lee, you can experience an 18th century house like never before. We are...more
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4037 Menokin Rd, Warsaw, VA 22572-3063
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

I had made a decision to see some sites in the region, and this was one of them. It is a special site in many ways. Although it is ruined, it has great history. You have to see what they are doing. I took the...More

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Menokin is a beautiful place and once well worth visiting. It is easy to see everything in 2 hours and great for kids 8+ to learn more about the history and evolution of building and architecture. A bonus is that you get to support a...More

Thank ThomasR3038
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This former home of Francis Lee is interpreted as the ruin it currently is -- and that's what makes it of special interest. Anyone interested in preservation or what happens BEFORE sites are totally reconstructed (this won't be) should visit. The visitor center has interesting...More

Thank Kalpr
Reviewed August 17, 2018

Really, really interesting place. A well-protected and interpreted ruin of the 18th century home of Frances Lightfoot Lee. Somehow the ruin ("rubble with a cause") seems all the more interesting for being incomplete/damaged. Also loved seeing the woodwork, mantles, doors, etc. safely stored away from...More

1  Thank Nancy H
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to Menokin. Leslie gives the best tour ... full of information with humor and a fascinating facts. Don’t miss visiting this on numerous occasions to see the progress .

1  Thank fwt4
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Menokin was the home of Frances Lightfoot Lee and his wife Rebecca Taylor. It was built in 1769 and completed in 1771. It is the best example of a home from the time period as well as an active archeological site with restoration in progress....More

2  Thank wbshev
Reviewed June 19, 2018

The plantation home of Francis Lightfoot Lee is the most fascinating and exciting historic home restoration projects I have ever seen. It’s a National Historic Landmark under the care of the Menokin Foundation. The restoration involves stabilizing the remaining structure and then using glass walls...More

2  Thank tmiller225
Reviewed June 13, 2018

When we saw this home on an HGTV show, we knew we wanted to make time to visit. We made an appointment for a private tour and Leslie was our guide. Our tour began in the visitor center with an overview of the renovation process...More

4  Thank PhoenixRobin
Reviewed February 4, 2018

A stunning Virginia historical site, in the midst of a unique renovation project. Well worth a stop for those visiting the north neck of Virginia, or a special trip there for history buffs. Besides the interesting ongoing renovation of the mansion of a signer of...More

6  Thank Relee54
Reviewed September 30, 2017

We worked with Alice who was the only person we saw on duty on August 12th 2017. She was friendly, knowledgeable and gave us a very nice tour of the old house and although most of it was blocked off, the film gave us a...More

3  Thank JuliaC1364
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David H
September 3, 2018|
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We have always welcomed dogs. I suppose all pets who are well behaved and do no harm to others would also be allowed.