History & Culture
Welcome to Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial! The residence of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War, Arlington House has a unique and interesting story, with connections to many important figures, issues and events in American History. Built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818, the house and grounds have served many purposes over the last two hundred years: a family home for the Lees and Custises, a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves, a monument honoring George Washington, a military headquarters, a community for emancipated slaves and a national cemetery.
Explore these pages and find out what life was like in the 19th century!
Did You Know?
Robert E. Lee made his decision to resign from the US Army in his bedchamber on the second floor of Arlington House. Lee wrote his resignation letter the night of April 20, 1861, and left two days later, never to return.