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“Trick Question: Who is Buried in Lee Chapel?” 5 of 5 stars
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Lee Chapel and Museum
Jefferson, Henry, Lexington, VA
540-463-8768
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Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Trick Question: Who is Buried in Lee Chapel?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

The Lee Family including Traveller! We thoroughly enjoyed a trip through history and put a oenny on Traveller's grave.

Visited August 2013
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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Lee chapel is a def stop in anyone's travels. The amount of history here is amazing. U learn the family tree , the relationship to George Washington's family, the incredible portrait of GW in the chapel and on and on. The chapel is located in the middle of Washington and Lee University and is used in many of their functions. A gorgeous campus in its own right.

Visited July 2013
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Montgomery AL
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

This beautiful chapel sits at Washington Lee University. Behind the altar is "Lee in Repose" in stone.
Downstairs is the family crypt where he is buried with his family, including Light Horse Harry Lee.
Also his office, just as he left it the day he had his fatal stroke. Nice little museum, and outside, Lee's horse Traveler is buried.
Nice, nice tribute to a great leader and educator.
No admission, just requested donations-very much worth it!

Visited August 2013
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Rochester, New York
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“Very nice museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We enjoyed our visit very much. We liked the fact that the museum building itself was part of the museum. The exhibits were displayed nicely, and we felt a return in time to the mid-19th century. The bookstore was nice, although the salesman was a bit pushy on trying to make a sale.

Visited July 2013
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“Lee's sculpture never ceases to inspire”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I've never met anyone who has visited the Lee Chapel and Museum on the campus of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, who isn't awed by the experience of walking through the front door and beholding the magnificent recumbent sculpture of Robert E. Lee that was completed by Edward Valentine in 1875, five years after Lee died while serving as president of the university. To the left side of the chapel in the first row is the seat where Lee worshiped every Sunday. Immediately below the Valentine sculpture is the crypt where Lee, his parents, wife, seven children and other immediate descendants are buried. Outside the exit is the grave of Lee's favorite horse, Traveller. The museum, which includes a gift shop and bookstore, has a long-term exhibition, "Educating to Build and Rebuild," emphasizing a theme that Lee brought to the campus when he became president in 1865, and a collection of early American portraits and material culture that ties together three important Virginia families linked by marriage--Lee, Washington and Carter. Lee's wife was Martha Washington's great-granddaughter and heir to Arlington House. Also of interest is the office the Lee used during his presidency. It remains as it was on the day he became ill, Sept. 28, 1870, returned to the president's residence on the hill only a short walk from the chapel, and died. Ironically, with a eye to the future, he had built the chapel in 1868 to serve the university's growing needs. Also on display is C.W. Peale's 1772 portrait of George Washington.

Visited July 2013
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