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Menokin was the home of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Rebecca Tayloe Lee, of nearby Mt. Airy. The Menokin Foundation owns the 500-acre property, more than half of which is in the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
At Menokin, you will experience an 18th century house like never before -- feel hand wrought nails; observe how joists, girders and posts fit together to create the framing; and look behind the interior woodwork to see the construction techniques of the 18th century artisans. Enjoy the property's scenic beauty by hiking on our trails to Cat Point Creek. Menokin is a learning center for heritage and natural resource conservation. Our programs reflect our commitment to educate the public on the built and natural environments of the past...and the future.
Menokin is located along the shoreline of Cat Point Creek, a pristine tributary of the Rappahannock River and a part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Also a designated Chesapeake Bay Gateway, Menokin offers access to the water for kayaks and canoes, where a paddle along the creek provides a view of bald eagle and wildlife habitat that is virtually unchanged over time.