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Lee Chapel and Museum

Jefferson, Henry, Lexington, VA
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, History Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: An intresting thing about the marble sculpture of Robert E Lee at rest.. (Actually at sleep, as he did in the field during the war) Lee worked with... more »
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Robert E Lee is renowned as a military commander. What's perhaps not quite so well known - at least to those of us who live outside the USA - is that after his military career he made another important contribution as President of what's now Washington and Lee University - his name was added in recognition of his service there,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

General Robert E. Lee, an honorable, distinguished and reputable gentleman commanded a formidable army, whether you agree with the principles of the CSA or not. We cannot change our history, nor can we erase it. Even in a land where "All Men are Created Equal & Endowed by their Creator" horrible atrocities and mistakes can occur. Even Lee's foes recognized... More

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Sanford, North Carolina
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As soon as you enter the chapel an affable guide tells you a little about the chapel and directs you to the marble Lee statue where another guide continues the information. For art lovers, there is a Peale portrait of a fortyish Washington on view also. Downstairs are the graves of the Lee family as well as Bobby Lee's office... More

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Welland, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

very nice tour. Guide was informative. The only down side was the fact that the university has decided to remove flags from the chapel

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Orange, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

First, I must address the previous 'appalled' review. Don't know what happened but there must have been a terrible misunderstanding. Despite the name, Lee Chapel is not now nor has it ever been a consecrated church/house of worship. It was built as an assembly hall for the students of Washington and Lee and is still used that way. Religious services... More

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Dearborn, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We checked the website and knew the chapel wouldn't be open until 11a on the day we visited due to a staff mtg at Washington and Lee University. We went early in the morning anyway just to look at the outside of the building, which was beautiful. However two staff members felt it necessary to tell us we were not... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was absolutely appalled going into the chapel. There were "guides" there speaking loudly in a house of worship. I was not able to approach the statue out of sheer aggravation for their lack of respect. Once going below, I was even more upset in seeing that there were guides talking LOUDER next to the crypt. This is one of... More

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Richmond, va
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We attended a wedding here and it was beautiful. There is no center aisle, which is different, but it was such a quaint church for a couple that met on the campus of W&L.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lee Chapel is must see for the R.E. Lee fan. His office is restored and the memorial in the chapel above his family tomb is incredible. the whole town of historic Lexington is something to see. We didn't go in but walked by the Stonewall Jackson home and walked the streets of the historic area. Everything in the historic area... More

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Reston, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

You only need an hour or so to stop and visit the chapel and the attached museum but this is an hour very well spent. You get a wonderful view of the architecture of Washington and Lee University as you take the very short walk from the lower parking lot up to the chapel. Regular tours of the chapel are... More

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