The home must have been beautiful when Francis “Frank” Lightfoot Lee built it in 1769 in Warsaw, Virginia for his wife, Becky. Called Menokin, the home saw Frank leave for Philadelphia when Frank signed the Declaration of Independence with his brother, Richard Henry Lee.
Although the couple did not have children, Menokin stood through the Civil War, the War of 1812 and both World Wars. But a tree damaged it severely during the 1960s. Support from many people are bringing hope to raise glass and steel to protect the home and allow visitors to understand how the home was used in the 18th Century. The Menokin Foundation is hoping to put up the glass in 2017.
Menokin was featured in a December 2015 article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://www.richmond.com/life/home-garden/article_f1eb7c1c-732c-5220-ba43-9625d1e73df9.html). Perhaps a future DSDI meeting will include a trip to Menokin. We have been invited by Christina Markish, Development Associate of The Menokin Foundation, to publish these photographs. She encouraged us to visit Menokin and bring a picnic and kayaks, using the Virginia waters that Frank and Becky Lee loved.
Lucy Duke Tonacci
Niece of Frank and Becky Lee