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Contact: Arlington House, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101. Call (703) 235-1530 or visit our website at

Front of the Arlington House, Lee Mansion
Arlington House

Every Day Life in the 1850's: The program consists of a 45-60minute long tour followed by different hands on activities relating to life at Arlington in the 1850's. These activities include gardening, dressing in period clothing and producing patriotic art. The program focuses on the following:

Life During Wartime: Arlington During the Civil War: This program is completely student driven. They lead themselves around the site in smaller groups searching for information in a kind of scavenger hunt. This program helps students to build skills in teamwork and communication as well as map reading and timekeeping. They take responsibility for their educational experience and at the same time learn how best to explore and learn from a historic site. This program requires intensive in-class preparation by the teachers to make it work. This program focuses on the following:

The Life and Times of Robert E. Lee: This program was developed through the English Literature department of a local high school and not through a Social Studies Department. This program allows students to do the following: