History at Leeland Station

History at Leeland Station (HM2TB)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Country: United States of America

N 38° 20.565', W 77° 26.787'

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Belle Air

Near this spot stood Belle Air, a prominent Stafford County landmark and home of the Fitzhugh and Primmer families. John Fitzhugh first constructed a house here in the mid-eighteenth century, but by 1854, when the property was sold to Abram Primmer, a new structure occupied the site. Primmer lived here with his wife and six children and owned nearly four hundred acres, which the Leeland Station now encompasses, and was valued at $7,200.

Primmer opposed secession and sent one of his sons to enlist in the Union army. Abram himself aided Confederate deserters and served as a local guide for Union forces. When the Union army occupied Stafford County in the summer of 1862, it used the Primmer fields as pasture for cattle. The largest intrusion upon Belle Air came in the winter of 1862-1863, when the home and farm became a camping ground for the Army of the Potomac's Third Corps.

The house survived into the mid-twentieth century, at which time the property was known as Walnut Farm. Today, the building no longer stands.
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HM NumberHM2TB
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Placed ByMaryland Development Company LLC and the homeowners of Leeland Station
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:17am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286196 N 4246677
Decimal Degrees38.34275000, -77.44645000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 20.565', W 77° 26.787'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 20' 33.90" N, 77° 26' 47.22" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 Riggs Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22405, US
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