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Review of Lee Chapel and Museum

Lee Chapel and Museum
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Lexington
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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very nice museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Chicago, Illinois
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2,600 reviews
1,048 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,670 helpful votes
“Lee's sculpture never ceases to inspire”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Paris, France
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

The place is the right place if you want to pay respect to General Robert E. LEE.
The chapel is located right in the middle of the historical Military academy. There, the staff is truly dedicated to preserve the place and let you know everything about the place. If you have some time, allow at least 30 to 45 minutes to visit the place and to listen to one of the guide.

Visited July 2013
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