School Room

School Room


The elder Mary Lee learned to read and write in this room and would later home school her children here. However, the Custises and the Lees were not the only people who were educated at Arlington. A devout
Episcopalian, Mrs. Custis felt it her duty to educate enslaved children to read the bible and be prepared for eventual freedom. Because of these beliefs, three generations of Arlington women would teach the enslaved people reading, writing, and childhood hymns, all despite laws passed making the practice illegal in the state of Virginia after Nat Turner's slave revolt in 1831.

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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