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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 #11 of 34 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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Fort Payne, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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Morrow, Ohio
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very interesting to hear the stories of Robert E Lee, his wife and their estate that was taken by the Confederate because of back taxes owed. Which by the way had to be paid in person and which Lee could not do because of the war.

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St. Johns, Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

There was a free tour of the house and we learned a lot. Nothing too overly exciting, but it was neat to be in Robert E. Lee's home where so much history took place. Definitely gave a better perspective about the house and the land, instead of just looking at things that we didn't fully understand the history. The kids... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Saw the portrait of Robert E. Lee as a young LT. He also is relative of mine from several generations back. Was very interested in the origins of Arlington House and Arlington Cemetery. The view from the house looks out over DC. I could not climb stairs to 2nd floor but had a long time to see the lower living... More

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Rancho Mirage, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Let me start by saying that I thought the docents and guides were excellent and gave a great insight in to the history of the occupants. The furnishings of the house and the portraits are very good but no doubt due to the number of people coming through the property, there could be some improvement in the decoration of the... More

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Topeka, KS
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312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The history of this beloved home turned cemetery always makes me a little sad. I've appreciated what has been done to restore this grand home in recent years, and I'm always impressed by the incredibly high ceilings.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This was one of the places to see at Arlington Cemetery. They only let in groups of 12 people at a time. We ended up waiting about 15 minutes before our turn but there was a man there giving you the history of the house and family while you wait. It was very informative and I learned some things I... More

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Buderim, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Found this very interesting. You are allowed to tour the house and take as many photos as you want. Most of the items in the house are original. It was great to see the bedrooms and parlours Eric but what I found fascinating was the portraits on the wall of the family. So much history under that roof. If only... More

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Mamou, Louisiana
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Enjoyable stop on your trip around Arlington national Cemetery. Views are spectacular. Interesting and furnished according to time period. Nice, informative stop of the house the greatest general of the CSA spent time in.

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