United States of America, Virginia, Northumberland County, Ditchley
Ditchley (Ditchley, Virginia)
Named for a home of the Lee family near Oxford, England, the Ditchley estate was settled in the 17th century on the Northern Neck of Virginia and looks out onto the Chesapeake Bay. The present mansion was built in 1752 by Kendall Lee. From 1651 on the property was owned only by members of the Lee and Ball families, direct descendants of Colonel Richard Lee, who received the original land grant. Ditchley was purchased In 1935 by Alfred I. du Pont and his wife, the former Jessie Ball. Spacious grounds with traditional plantings surround the house. The property is listed on the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Persons associated with the garden include: Kendall Lee (former owner, c. 1752); the Lee family (former owners, 1651- ?); the Ball family (former owners, 1651- ?); Alfred I. du Pont (former owner, 1935); and Jessie Ball du Pont (former owner, 1935- ?).
The folder includes a worksheet and photocopies of articles and book excerpts about the site.
Garden has been featured in The Garden Club of Virginia Journal, XXXIII, No. 1 (January-February 1988), p. 17
Garden has been featured in Frances Archer Christian and Susanne Williams Massie, Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia (Richmond: Christian and Massie, Inc., 1962), pp. 155-157
Garden has been featured in The Garden Club of Virginia Journal, XXIX, No. 1 (January-February 1984), cover and p. 5