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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

053-0106 Belmont

Belmont
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VLR Listing Date 09/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 02/08/1980

NPS property number 80004198

This superlative five part Federal plantation house, erected 1799 1802, was the home of Ludwell Lee, son of Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house ranks in quality with the five part mansions of Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis, as well as Woodlawn in Fairfax County. No name, however, has been associated with its design. The composition is characterized by fine detailing inside and out. Ludwell Lee served as aide de camp to Lafayette in the campaign of 1781. His political career faltered, and he spent his remaining days as a planter at Belmont. Later owners of the estate include Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. McLean, Washington socialites, and Patrick J. Hurley, secretary of war in the Hoover administration. Belmont was purchased by the IBM Corporation in 1969 but was never used. The property is scheduled to be converted to a country club.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 7, 2018