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Old 01-03-2009, 06:04 PM   #100
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Prato Rio

Marker is located on the west side of Leetown Rd, Jefferson County,
south of Leetown, WV.

The property was originally acquired in 1731 by Han Yost Heydt (or Hite), who built a log cabin on the property he called "Hopewell". Heydt's son Jacob expanded the cabin in 1733. In 1774 Jacon Heydt sold the 3,000-acre plantation to General Charles Lee, who renamed the estate "Prato Rio". During the nineteenth century a number of additions were built.

Undated photo from the US Park Service archives

General Charles Lee, having fell into disfavor with General George Washington, was "retired" from military duty and led a life of solitude with his dogs, servants and butler here at Prato Rio. Considered eccentric, his will stipulated that he not be buried in any churchyard or within a mile of any Presbyterian or Anabaptist meeting house, stating that " I have kept so much bad company while living, that I do not wish to continue it when dead".
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