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?
George Washington Parke Custis, builder of Arlington House, was also a painter. Custis painted Revolutionary War battle scenes featuring his 'father', George Washington. He also painted murals of hunting scenes in the back hall of the house.