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!
There are plenty of places in Virginia where you can grab something to eat before your visit to the memorial
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!
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.
Give them a call to arrange students visiting the memorial, it's a fascinating history lesson for them.
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