Leeland Station is a planned community located in Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia.
The land was originally owned by a local businessman, John Fitzhugh, and his home, named "Belle Air," became a prominent Stafford County landmark. The land was later was sold to the Primmer family.
John Fitzhugh first constructed a house here in the early 1800's. But by 1854, the property was sold to Abram Primmer, who constructed a new structure, which occupied the land near what is now Riggs Road and Primmer House Road. Primmer lived here with his wife and six children and owned nearly four hundred acres, all of which the Leeland Station Community now encompasses. The original 400 acres were valued at $7,200 in 1854. Fitzhugh, a prominent name, still exists to this day in modern Stafford County and the Fitzhugh Estates are to the southeast of Leeland Station.
Abram Primmer opposed the south's secession from the Union and sent one of his sons to enlist in the Union Army. Abram himself aided Confederate deserters and served as a local guide for Union forces. When the Union Army occupied Stafford County in the summer of 1862, it used the Primmer's cattle pastures as their camp ground. The largest intrusion upon Belle Air came in the winter of 1862-1863, when the home and farm became a camping ground for the Army of the Potomac’s Third Corp.
President Abraham Lincoln traveled to the area several times by train and reviewed the Third Corps in the summer of 1862, near where the Conway Elementary School stands today. Remnants of the original Fredericksburg Line train trestle still exist at the dead-end of Leeland Road.
The Primmer House survived into the mid-twentieth century, at which time the property name was know as "Walnut Farm." Today, none of the original Belle Air or Walnut Farm (Primmer House) buildings exist, but some of Primmer's Walnut Farm's recovered fireplace bricks are now stored in the basement of the Leeland Station Belle Air Clubhouse, slated for future use as a memorial to the Primmer Family.
Now a sprawling community of over 600 homes, Leeland Station is proud of its community involvement, community outreach and community spirit and supports one of the best summer swim teams in the Rappahannock Swim League, the Leeland Express.
The Leeland Station Community Association is presently under control of its current land developer, K. Hovnanian, who serves as the declarant holding a majority percentage of the actual properties. The Community Association has a Board Advisory Committee and a Modifications and Change Committee that advises the declarant on the will of the community and helps maintain the Association's declarations.
Thanks to the Stafford County Historical Society and the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table