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Arlington House: The Robert E.Lee Memorial Arlington

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Arlington House: The Robert E.Lee Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
32 Sheridan Drive
Arlington
VA
22211
Tel: 703 235-1530

Where are we going today?

Kids, if you don't know who Robert E. Lee was, then that's all the more reason to visit Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

You see kids, Lee was an American General who was commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He was also married to the step-great-granddaughter of George Washington!

It was actually during the American Civil War that the grounds of Arlington House were chosen as the site of the Arlington National Cemetery, and despite Lee fighting for the Confederates, Arlington House is now a National Monument as a sign of respect from both the north and the south.

And now families like yours can go and visit this historic site!

When you visit Arlington House, you can take your time, and just walk through the mansion at your own pace. The furniture within the house is how Lee and his family would have had it, so you can just imagine them going about their daily life in the dining room, the bedrooms, and the grounds.

If there is a schedule tour available, you can join that, and these offer you around 30-45 minutes of historic facts about the Lee family and the house itself. 

The house also have enslaved quarters, and these can be visited today too, and there is a museum filled with exhibits and artifacts - all original objects- from the Lee family and their time in the house.

So why not spend the day surrounded by fascinating history at this iconic mansion that was part of the American Civil War. You can take the history lessons anywhere, and what better place than the locations that they actually happened!

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9/9:30am open. 4:30pm/5pm close. Varies seasonally.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

Give them a call to arrange students visiting the memorial, it's a fascinating history lesson for them. .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in Virginia where you can grab something to eat before your visit to the memorial.

Any Top Tips?

Check out the Junior Ranger program, where kids can take the JR workbook and complete the program, and get their very own junior ranger badge!.

Need a little extra help?

The basement and the second floor of the house are not wheelchair accessible, however there is access to the 1st floor of the house as well as the museum.

Can I get one of those?

The bookstore is located near the slave quarters, and offer a range of educational and historic books that you can take home. Proceeds go towards the house itself. .

What people are saying?

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    This cemetery is absolutely huge. It is extremely moving. The men that are buried here gave everything so that we can have the many freedoms that we enjoy. I highly recommend taking the bus ride around the park it's a great way to see the park and it's informative and you get a great narration while you're traveling through the park.

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    The house is newly renovated and the National Park Service has done a credible job restoring the interior and exterior to what Robert Lee would have seen in the 1800's. There is a small museum of relevant items of historical interest. The grabber is the location. Best photo op in DC is from the front of the house looking downhill to the Potomac. You can spot all the memorials and really get a view of what Pierre L'Enfant envisioned for Washington DC. In fact, L'Enfant is interred just in front of the Lee house. The Lee house is one of the big...Read More

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    Wow this is the highest point of the Cemetery. Beautiful scenic view towards DC and its monuments. The house is beautifully restored and it is climate controlled to give visitors a well deserve break from the walk up.

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    It's fun to vsit the old family home of Lee, where he lived before they turned his backyard into a cemetary. But we weer husseled through through with a bit too many visitors. Not to be missed though.

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    Very cool to see. Right on top of the Arlington Cemetery. The view from the hill looks across the bridge and lines up perfectly geometrically with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the National mall. The house itself wasn't the most interesting, but there was a cool board showing how Robert E Lee's life was related with George Washington. Not surprising I guess, but very interesting.

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by John Frederick

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The house is newly renovated and the National Park Service has done a credible job restoring the interior and exterior to what Robert Lee would have seen in the 1800's. There is a small museum of relevant items of historical interest. The grabber is the location. Best photo op in DC is from the front of the house looking downhill to the Potomac. You can spot all the memorials and really get a view of what Pierre L'Enfant envisioned for Washington DC. In fact, L'Enfant is interred just in front of the Lee house. The Lee house is one of the big three at Arlington National Cemetery, the others being the Tomb of the Unknowns (and the famous changing of the guard) and the Kennedy Graves (and the eternal flame). Strongly recommend downloading the Arlington National Cemetery App (ANC Explorer) from either the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store.

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