Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Washington D.C.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Washington D.C.

Arlington House, formerly known as the Custis-Lee Mansion, is a Greek revival house that once served as a pre-Civil War residence of legendary Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. Over the years, the house had been used as a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves, a military headquarters and a community for emancipated slaves, before it was taken over by the federal government in 1864 to serve as a burial site for Civil War soldiers, now known as Arlington National Cemetery. In part, this was done to ensure that Lee would never be able to return to his home again.

Set on a hill overlooking the cemetery, Arlington House had later been restored and designated as a national memorial to General Lee. Although the United States Department of the Army controls Arlington National Cemetery as such, Arlington House is administered by the National Park Service, which is a component of the United States Department of the Interior.

The Robert E. Lee Memorial is open for public tours every day. Other than the stunning views of the Potomac River and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. down below, which are absolutely stunning on a clear day, especially in April when cherry trees are in full blossom, there are many more reasons to visit this historic location at the Arlington National Cemetery. This house honors Lee for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War. In a larger sense it is a place of study and contemplation of the meaning of some of the most difficult aspects of American History, such as military service, sacrifice, citizenship, duty, loyalty, slavery and freedom.
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Sight Name: Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA (See walking tours in Washington D.C.)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Federal Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Georgetown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Tour

The largest military cemetery in the U.S., Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War and America’s Civil War. Open 365 days a year with free admission, it is visited by more than four million people each year, and conducts between 27 and 30 funerals...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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