Dining Room



Intimate family meals were held in this dining room, while larger dinner parties and social events were usually held in the Morning Room in the house's adjacent South Wing. Robert E. Lee's romantic personality traits often emerged in this room. When he lived at home, Lee would pick flowers from the flower garden outside to leave at the seats of his wife, daughters, mother-in-law, and other female guests who would dine at the family table.

Much of the china and silverware that would have been used in this room was brought here by George Washington Parke Custis from Mount Vernon. Some was later looted by Union soldiers, who lived in the house during the Civil War. Family histories state that Robert E. Lee proposed to future wife Mary Randolph Custis in this room in 1830.

Arlington House First Floor Floorplan
First Floor
Center Hall | Conservatory | Custis Bedchamber | Custis Guest Room | Dining Room | Family Parlor | Hunting Hall | Morning Room | Office | School Room | White ParlorPortico    Bath and Water Closet    Outer Hall Pantry    Inner Hall    Dining Room    Store Room    White Parlor    Hunting Hall    Conservatory    School Room    Morning Room    Family Parlor    Guest Chamber    Custis Bedchamber    Center Hall    Office and Studio    Selina Gray's Quarters    Summer Kitchen / George Clark's Quarters

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Last updated: November 18, 2015

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