On January 29, we will celebrating Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee III, as he turns 255 years old!
Light-Horse Harry was born at Leesylvania in 1756, in which his father, Henry Lee II, had given Leesylvania it’s name, meaning “Lee’s Woods”.
As a young man, Light-Horse Harry practiced his horseback riding and swordsmanship in the vast woods of his family’s estate, making him a natural cavalryman. He was commissioned as captain in the fifth group of Virginia Light Dragoons and was sent north to join the Continental Army.
Come to the park to learn more about Light-Horse Harry, as we celebrate his family’s rich history on January 29, 2011 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
Day’s event schedule:
•11 a.m. – Michael Cecere speaksabout the Lee’s of Leesylvania.(Cecere is a local Historian, Author, Teacher, Revolutionary War re-enactor, and President of the Board of Historic Dumfries, Virginia, Inc.)
•12 p.m. – Cecere autographs his books (available for purchase on site).
•1 p.m. – Thomas Kuehhas interactive program,bringing the Revolutionary War soldier’s experience to life. (Kuehhas is a museum professional with over 20 years of educational programming experience and has a Master of Arts degree in American History).
•2– 4 p.m. – First Virginia Regiment firing and marching demonstrations in activity field. (The First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line is a Revolutionary War living history reenactment groupcomposed of volunteersauthentically clothed and equippedto portray soldiers/families of this historic military unit).
•4 p.m. – Closing ceremonies (Lee Monument at end of park).
Tour the land of his birth, visit our museum and speak with knowledgeable staff about his accomplishments. Performers will be re-enacting how life was during colonial times with historic dress, displays, and traditions.
Click here for Leesylvania’sschedule of upcoming events.