Arlington House is probably the highest site at Arlington Cemetery. From its location a visitor looks down on President John Kennedy's grave site & the Eternal Flame. Way in the distance is the Capitol Building & Washington Monument.
A park ranger will give a 15-20 minute history lesson about who & when built the House, along with the births & deaths. After the lesson about 14 people will be allowed an inside tour. There are three rows of chairs, in which the first two rows are allowed in. I heard the lesson three times before my turn to go inside.
Once in a staff member will start the inside history. A tour last probably 15-20 minutes. The lesson & tour coincide in the same time. I asked one member if I could take photo of a painting. Her answer was "Take all the photos you want". In fact photographs are encouraged, even flash. All staff members will take the time to answer all questions & very knowledgeable to any small detail.
Outback are slave quarters, with much information about these people and their way of living. There is a General Robert Lee Memorial museum, which covers his life before the Civil War, into the War. Several paintings & Civil War battle prints. Also a small book store with much about General Leer. Just a few steps from the museum are restrooms, with an outdoor water fountain. In July the water will be warm.
Some reviewers have stayed the House is a bit rundown or not kept up. I never had that thought. I was looking at history not real estate values. With the House being over 200 hundred years old ( the first rooms were built in 1802), its not going to look new. At least half the furniture is original, with the over half from the time period. The air condition was greatly appreciated.
I must have spent at least one full hour. There is a great amount of history to view, listen to & photograph. Besides President Kennedy's grace site, Arlington House should not be overlooked.
Jack L., Syracuse, New York.
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