Lee Burial Sites

Sites in the Nothern Neck and Middlesex County with graves of well-known Lees.
 
Burnt House Field
Burnt House Field Cemetary"Burnt House Field" is the term used by the family for the burying ground that was left when Mount Pleasant burned to the ground in 1729. The Lees buried here are Thomas Lee, the builder of Stratford, and his wife Hannah Ludwell, and Richard Henry Lee and his two wives. Richard Henry Lee was the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, and author of the Westmoreland Resolution of 1766. The Marker for Richard Henry LeeHe made the motion to adopt the Declaration of Independence and was United States Senator from Virginia.

Directions: (from Stratford Hall) Proceed east on Route 3 toward Warsaw, but turn left at Route 202. Just after passing through Hague, take Route 612 left and then turn left again on Route 675. The burial ground is open to the public.


Cobbs Hall Burying Ground
Cobbs Hall CemetaryThis is the site of the grave of Richard Lee I ("The Emigrant") and his wife Anne Constable. Richard Lee came to Virginia in about 1638 and proceeded to rise to the top of Virginia business, society, and politics. He was Clerk of the Quarter Court, high sheriff and burgess for York County, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and member of the Council. Grave Marker for Richard Lee The EmigrantIt is estimated that he may have owned in the nighborhood of fifteen thousand acres when he died in 1664.

Directions: (from Kilmarnock) Proceed north on Route 200. Turn right onto Route 607 (Ditchley Road) about 1 mile north of Kilmarnock. Take an immediate left on Route 669 (Apples Grove Road) and go about 1/2 mile, then turn right onto Cobbs Hall Lane. Just before you leave the woods, you will see a sign for "Cobbs Hall Burying Ground" on your right. "

Lansdowne Graveyard
Grave Marker for Arthur LeeThis is the site of the grave of Arthur Lee. Arthur Lee was born at Stratford in 1740, was educated in England, and wrote in support of revolution under the name "Junius Americanus." Although he didn't sign the Declaration of Independence with his brothers Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, he was working in Europe for American independence. He accompanied Benjamin Franklin to Paris and was part of the delegation that persuaded the French to support the American Revolution.

Directions: Lansdowne and the adjacent burying ground are located in the heart of the town of Urbanna on the Rappahannock River. As you travel west on Virginia Avenue, take a right turn onto Rappahannock Avenue, and the site will be on your right.




Historical preservation is a key focus of our society. If you would like to consider a charitable contribution towards the preservation of these Lee cemetaries, please contact The Society of the Lees of Virginia for more information.
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