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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1769/00/00 John Ariss Architect Hired, indentured and enslaved workers begin building Menokin, a gift from John Tayloe. Similar to Mount Airy, the architect may have been John Ariss, to whom Mount Airy is attributed. The design is influenced by William Adam's Vitruvious Scoticus.
1769/05/24 Col John Tayloe II Father of the Bride In consideration for Lee's love for Rebecca, John Tayloe doth give grant and alien and Confirm unto the said Rebecca Lee and her heirs All that tract or parcel of land Commonly known by the name of Menokin and 20 Negro Slaves. Marriage of Francis Lightfoot Lee and Rebecca Tayloe
1771/09/00 Rebecca Tayloe Lee Home While the main house is still under construction, Francis and Rebecca Lee make a home in a modest secondary dwelling on Menokin Plantation.
1772/00/00 Francis Lightfoot Lee Home The trees for Menokin's roof frame are felled.
1773/05/00 John Tayloe's will provides funds to finish Menokin's buildings.
1775/05/00 Tayloe's account books show workmen and supplies are paid in the building of Menokin.
1775/09/00 Rebecca Tayloe Lee Home The Lees move to Philadelphia, where Francis Lightfoot Lee represents Virginia in the Second Continental Congress until 1779.
1778/10/00 Col John Tayloe II Father of the Bride John Tayloe enters his deed of gift for the Menokin plantation into the records of the county court on the condition that the Lees relinquish their right ever to sell Menokin by instantly conveying their property in trust to a Tayloe family member.
1780/00/00 Interior woodwork, including the staircase and chimney breasts are installed at Menokin.
1782/00/00 Rebecca Tayloe Lee Home Francis and Rebecca Lee make Menokin their full time home again.
1797/01/07 Rebecca Tayloe Lee Died Rebecca Tayloe Lee dies of pleurisy at Menokin at the age of 45.
1797/01/17 Francis Lightfoot Lee Died Francis Lightfoot Lee dies at Menokin, only a few months after the death of his wife. The Lees had no children and Menokin passes to his nephew, Ludwell Lee.
1799/00/00 John Tayloe III Home John Tayloe III inherits Menokin Plantation operating it and nine other farms along the Rappahannock river, growing mostly wheat and corn, by as many as 300 to 400 enslaved laborers at any given time.
1809/00/00 John Tayloe Lomax lives at Menokin from 1809 until 1819.

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Particulars for Menokin:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Disposition Ruin
Historic Use Single dwelling

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Accurate at time of registration: 1st October 1969

Registry Name: Menokin
Registry Address: NW of jct. of Rtes. 690 and 621
Registry Number: 69000276
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Ariss,John
Architectural Style: Georgian
Area in Acres: 143
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1769, 1797
Associated People: Lee,Francis Lightfoot
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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