Rust Nature Sanctuary Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Rust Nature Sanctuary, a 68-acre preserve, offers meadows, forests, and a pond close to downtown Leesburg. Henry Harrison built the manor on the property in 1910 for his wife Anna Lee, cousin of Robert E. Lee.
Upon Anna Lee’s death in 1928, the manor and property were donated to the St. Emma Agricultural and Industrial Institute, a school for young black men. The Rust family purchased the estate from St. Emma shortly thereafter. In 2000, the family gave the estate to the Audubon Naturalist Society. The property provides animals, migratory birds in particular, with a place of refuge from a rapidly developing community."