United States of America, Virginia, Loudoun County, Leesburg
Rockland (Leesburg, Virginia)
A 600 acre farm with limestone outcroppings, with a Federal period plantation house and outbuilding (originally slave quarters) built in 1822 by General George Rust. The garden includes a wide lawn planted with shrubbery and old trees. The limestone outcroppings were interplanted with iris, daffodils and wild columbine and bordered by a formal garden.
General George Rust purchased the property and built the house in 1822. The property went to his son, Colonel Armistead Thomson Mason Rust, who died in 1887, leaving Rockland to his second wife, Ida Lee Rust and fourteen children, including Edwin, who enlarged the property around 1908. The slave quarters were converted to a guest house, and later a dower house.
Persons associated with the garden include George Rust (former owner, 1822), Mr. and Mrs. Armistead Thomson Mason Rust and Ida Lee Rust (former owners, 1887) and Rust family descendents.
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The Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club is associated with the documentation of this garden.
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of articles about the property.
Rockland was featured in Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia (1962)
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