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Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211
703-557-0613
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Ranked #10 of 35 attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The pre-Civil War residence of legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee, this Greek revival mansion was taken over by Union troops, and the estate... more » Owner description: The pre-Civil War residence of legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee, this Greek revival mansion was taken over by Union troops, and the estate was used to bury the war dead. Overlooking the Potomac and the grounds of what is now Arlington National Cemetery, the home has been restored as a memorial to Lee. « less
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Anchorage, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

When we arrived at the house, the media were there and we were worried we wouldn't get to see all of the house. Luckily, they left and we were allowed full access to the house. A great piece of history! What a view!

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Marysville, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a must if you are at the Arlington Cemetery. The view is incredible of DC. I believe this is the highest point in DC..

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Orlando, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Robert E Lee house is full of neat history and original paintings and artifacts from the Civil War and before. It is a cool place to visit once, but I don't think you need to visit again once you've been there. Also, there is very limited water available and going in the summer is difficult.

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Fairburn, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice place to stop while you are there. You can see and read about this man who was pro slave and after getting beaten in battle with the north decided to make right with his wrong doings. The Arlington Cemetery was once Lee's land wow!

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Bakersfield
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Park Rangers give an overview of the family history and the area during the time the Lee house was occupied. Especialy interesting is the story of the burials of the soliders near the house. This is a great educational experience for all ages. The view from the front porch is spectaular.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
46 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is about to have a full restoration. The first phase reveals a really interesting pre-Civil War house, with just a few items of period furniture. Well worth going for the tour while you are at Arlington Cemetery. One of the best views of Washington.

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Waterford Works, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you like historical homes, this would be a must see. I would have liked to see up stairs. the story told to us was interesting. Take the trolley.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This beautiful old house could use some real touching up, particularly from a painting and plaster standpoint. I don't think that the Custis or Lee families would be pleased to see the house in its current condition. Also, while most of the tour guides were pleasant and knowledgable, one of them thought he was auditioning for a stand-up comedian gig,... More

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

neat to see history unfolded at such a great location seeing all of Washington DC from this hillside.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was really interesting to find out a bit of history that I was not aware of. The family that lived at Arlington, were the great grandchildren of George and Martha Washington. The family kept slaves, as was customary, but these slaves were also the keepers of the Washington's artifacts during the Civil War. Great bit of history!

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