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Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211
Phone Number: 703-557-0613
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Description: The pre-Civil War residence of legendary Confederate general Robert E...
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.
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What a gem!

So much history in this house! The tour started with an introduction from a park ranger and then moved inside. Very knowledgeable docents and very well-furnished. Definitely a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Riverton, Utah
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Riverton, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

So much history in this house! The tour started with an introduction from a park ranger and then moved inside. Very knowledgeable docents and very well-furnished. Definitely a must-see when visiting the cemetery.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There used to be a plaque on the lawn near the porch of Arlington House (the Custis- Lee mansion) with a quote attributed to John F. Kennedy (JFK) reportedly saying the view was so magnificent that he could stay forever. This supposedly inspired his wife Jackie to have him buried in Arlington Cemetery instead of his home state of Massachusetts.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Not too many visitors come to Arlington House: The Robert E Lee Memorial on purpose. They come to visit Arlington National Cemetery and/or The Tomb of the Unknown. That's unfortunate since there is so much history at Arlington House. It was built by Martha Washington's grandson (from her first marriage) who also was the father-in-law of Robert E. Lee. The... More 

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Milford, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The views from Arlington House are excellent. The tour of the house itself, however, was disappointing. We could only see rooms on the main floor the day we were there due to not enough staff.

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Pace, Florida
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The views of Washington are fantastic. I also enjoyed the amphitheater here. When we arrived the flags had been hung for Memorial Day. Nps hosts a tour of the Arlington house. The period pieces & artwork were interesting & the tour only lasts 5-10 minutes in groups of 12.

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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Visited in 2010 What an experience!! We were not expecting to find it very interesting, but must say it is very humbling to have visited and given respect of the fallen. Arlington is something that everyone should consider when in Washington.

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Columbus, OH
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Kids inside the house didn't seem to know what they were doing. If you want history ask the guys outside. He did a nice job if you could hear him over the airplanes.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Itś fun to vsit the old family home of Lee, where he lived before they turned his backyard into a cemetary. But we weer husseled through through with a bit too many visitors. Not to be missed though.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

It is a great kid tour to help them understand what type of family disruption was caused by the Civil War, none of which is taught in most schools.

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Granada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Very enthusiastic guides, we had quite a history lesson before entering the house- useful for non-American visitors. The house is very much as it was in Lee's time, some good furniture and even some period dress. Well worth visiting.

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