Arlington House—The Robert E. Lee Memorial Collection

Tintype of Arlington House
Tintype of Arlington House

Arlington House was the residence of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War. The house has an interesting story, with connections to many important figures. It was built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818. The house and grounds have served many purposes: 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.

Collection Summary

Decorative arts; archives; music; manuscript collections; 18th and 19th century furnishings; furnishings and memorabilia of the Robert E. Lee and G.W.P. Custis families; historic objects related to Robert E. Lee's life.

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Kimberly Robinson
(George Washington Memorial Parkway)

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Last updated: March 25, 2016