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Arlington House - Robert E. Lee, Washington D.C.: 12 reviews and 21 photos
Arlington House was owned and built by George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of Martha Washington from her first marriage, between 1802 and 1818. It originally was a massive estate of over 1100 acres and was a "working" plantation, which means slaves were used both in the construction of the home and the labors required to operate such a large estate. Of four children, Mary Custis was the only survivor and married Robert E. Lee in 1831. Hence, the estate belonged to her but it became their home prior to the "War Between the States", the Civil War, or one of several other titles assigned to the most trying and epic time of the United States.
Robert E. Lee, a graduate of West Point Military Academy and son of Revolutionay War hero Harry "Lighthorse" Lee, made the difficult decision as did many to join either the North or the South in this devisive conflict. He chose the South and became its foremost and most revered General. In doing so, he left Arlington House never to return as it was confiscated by the Union (U.S. government) and 200 acres were designated for the Arlington National Cemetary.
It is a hike on foot to reach the Arlington House, but worth the exercise. The view from there is remarkable and the house is an interesting lesson of aristocracy in the mid 19th Century.
Address: Arlington, VA.
Directions: Metro Stop: Arlington, the cemetary is in walking distance. Across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial.
Phone: (703) 607-8000
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