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“Like a smaller Monticello”

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.
Arlington, Virginia
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“Like a smaller Monticello”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Arlington House is an attraction-within-an-attraction. It was built by George Washington's descendants and was Robert E. Lee's house until the Civil War, when it was taken by the Federal Government to be used as Arlington National Cemetery. Thus, there is a lot of history here.

The house itself has an impressive facade, and provides a magnificent hilltop view of Washington, DC. It is easy to see why this site was selected.

They only let in 12 people at a time to limit the load on the second floor of the house, so you might have to wait a while to get in. While you are waiting, though, park rangers go through the entire history of the house and the Washington and Lee family trees (basically, Robert E. Lee married Martha Washington's great-granddaughter).

The house is furnished with many items that belonged to George Washington, Robert E. Lee and their relatives. It is large, though not especially lavish. There was limited access to the house for a while due to renovations, but you can now see both wings of the house and the basement, first floor and second floor (the attic is still closed to the public). There are also gardens and out-buildings that served as slave quarters, and a very small museum (one room) about the life of Robert E. Lee.

It's definitely worth seeing while you are at Arlington National Cemetery, but if you have seen other colonial estates and are short on time, it's probably not worth waiting a long time just to get into the house (you can see everything except the interior of the house without waiting).

Visited May 2014
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Niles, Michigan, USA
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“Back in the Day”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I loved going through this house and wished I could have seen it when it was a thriving plantation. It is regal and majestic and the view from the front of the house overlooking DC is overwhelming.

Visited September 2013
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“Great piece of history”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We waited a little bit to get in but it went quick, they were great to entertain us while waiting with stories about the house and the family that once lived there. Once you were inside it was a free tour of the house, including seeing the dishes that Washington once ate off of. You can see all of DC from up here.

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Another of the many highlights of Arlington National Cemetery. The house is very well displayed and the National Parks Service rangers have a wealth of information about the house, the general, and the Washington/Custis family. The display about the blacks at the Lee Plantation and what they did after emancipation is worth a visit. See also the grave of Pierre L'Enfant in front of the house and the grave of Mary Randolph below and to the left from the house. The first burials were "in Mrs. Lee's garden" at the order of Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs; the tomb of the Civil War unknowns is also in what was Mrs. Lee's rose garden.

Visited March 2014
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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“Waiting for the earthquake repair to be through”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Ive visited Massa Roberts house before the earthquake, and received a much more positive impression of his contributions to our nations history, than I did this visit. I really appreciate how severe the recent earthquake was when I saw how this national icon was damaged. Will look forward to touring it again after the damage is repaired

Visited October 2013
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