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“Birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.”

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial
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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.
East Syracuse, New York
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“Birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was a wonderful tour of Robert E Lee's home with lots of information that I did not know. The volunteers that work the house are very informative and know their history.

Visited August 2013
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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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“Doesnt get the upkeep that the surrounding area does?”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Enjoyed the brief tour here while at Arlington Cemetery. They seem to use young staff, perhaps volunteers, who sort of sound like they are tired of saying the same speech over and over. The home has alot of history, and much of the home is original. The place doesn't really have alot of upkeep as far as the interior, or exterior of the home.

Visited July 2013
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Ellijay, Georgia
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The house is a house... although it belonged to a great hero of mine and I enjoyed seeing it's rooms and knowing it connection to not only Robert E. Lee.. and to George Washington... a definite for any history buff.
The view of Washington is NOT TO BE BEAT. Period.
And the cemetery on the grounds... a most reverent and patriotic experience... I found the grave of my great-uncle who is buried there.
Well worth the trip and the climb up.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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“Fun to see the mansion”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Arlington Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington House are a must see when in the DC area.

Visited June 2013
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