Salona Plantation

1214 Buchanan Street, McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia

Built circa 1800, and first properly inhabited by the Rev. William Maffitt (1769-1828), one of the four ministers to preside at George Washington's funeral, and his wife Henrietta Lee (1773-1805). In 1719, Mrs Maffitt's grandfather, Thomas Lee (1690-1750), of Stratford Hall, acquired as one of his many landholdings the 2,862-acre Langley Grant which included Salona. Her father, Senator Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), was a first cousin of General "Light Horse Harry" Lee III (1756-1818).... 

This house is best associated with...

Thomas Lee

Colonel Thomas Lee, Governor & President of the Council of Virginia


Matilda Ludwell Lee

Mrs "Divine Matilda" (Lee) Lee, of Stratford Hall, Virginia


Henry Lee III

Major-General "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, 9th Governor of Virginia


William Maffitt

Rev. William Maffitt, of Salona Hall; Chaplain of the House of Representatives


Rather than following what would appear to be the assumed line, Salona had in fact come into the possession of Light Horse Harry through his marriage to Mrs Maffitt's first cousin, Matilda Ludwell Lee. The Ludwell Lees sold 466-acres of the Langley grant to one William Herbert who in 1812 sold this land to William Maffitt and it is thought that he named the plantation "Salona Hall". It rose to prominence when the British burned the capital in 1814 and Maffitt, "reputedly gave refuge" to President James Madison and his wife Dolley. In the winter of 1861/62 during the Civil War the house (then owned by Jacob Smoot) was the headquarters of Union General William "Baldy" Smith (1824-1903). It remained a working farm in the possession of the Smoot family until 1947, until they started selling off portions for development. From 1953, it was gradually acquired by Clive and Susan DuVal who arranged for the preservation of the house and its remaining acres.   
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 22/08/2019 and last updated on 05/01/2020.
Image shows Salona as the Headquarters of Union General 'Baldy' Smith, 1861-2. Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society; Salona, Fairfax County (1979), by Ellen L. Anderson; The Future of Salona: Preserving a Local Civil War Site (2012), from the Blog Not So Quiet Along the Potomac


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