Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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The pre-Civil War residence of legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee, this Greek revival mansion was taken over by Union troops, and the estate was used to bury the war dead. Overlooking the Potomac and the grounds of what is now Arlington National Cemetery, the home has been restored as a memorial to Lee.
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom9,691 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive House and Outbuildings
    At the top of Arlington Cemetery is Arlington House which is managed and owned by the National Parks Service. The house is free to enter and has exhibits from the early 19th century. There are also outbuildings dedicated to slave accommodation and a small museum. There are fantastic views of the cemetery and Washington DC from the house. The house opens at 9.30am.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 13, 2024
  • moodblu
    West Valley City, Utah1,436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mansion, stunning views of the city
    One of our stops in the Arlington National Cemetery was the beautiful Arlington House, which had been owned by General Robert E. Lee before the Civil War. The home has been restored as a memorial to General Lee. It stand on the top of a hill in the cemetery, overlooking the cemetery as well as providing stunning views of the city of Washington DC. We went on a tour inside the home, which was interesting and contained portrayals of life there in the middle 1800s. This would be of interest to anyone that enjoys this type of history, and is an added historical aspect of the cemetery itself.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2024
  • Seabrookgal
    537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view of Washington DC...
    Arlington House was one of the three stops on the Arlington National Cemetery shuttle tour. While it is called the home of Robert E. Lee, Lee never actually owned the house. Arlington House was once called The Custis Mansion. Mary Custis, Robert E. Lee's wife, had the right to live in the house until her death. At that time, it was to pass to her oldest son. At the beginning of the Civil War, Mary and family abandoned the house and it was taken over by the US Army. Eventually, the Army started burying Civil War dead on the property. They wanted to make sure that the Lees would never want to live there again. The house is operated by the National Park Service, and they had a major renovation not too long ago. The house tour is not formal--you just wander around to look into the various rooms. There are informational signs to tell you what you are looking at. Not only are there many items that belonged to the Lees, but also items that once belonged to George and Martha Washington. Mary Lee was Martha's granddaughter. You are not allowed on the second floor, but they do have an interactive board that gives you a virtual tour of the rooms on the second floor, including Robert and Mary's bed chamber. There are outbuildings to see including slave rooms. In the front of the house, the view into Washington DC is just spectacular! Unfortunately, I was hoping to purchase some items in the gift shop, which was closed! I was there at 12:20 PM. It certainly seemed like a normal day. Also, the bathrooms nearby were atrocious. I have smelled outhouses that weren't as offensive.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2024
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Seabrookgal
Beverly, NJ537 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Arlington House was one of the three stops on the Arlington National Cemetery shuttle tour. While it is called the home of Robert E. Lee, Lee never actually owned the house. Arlington House was once called The Custis Mansion. Mary Custis, Robert E. Lee's wife, had the right to live in the house until her death. At that time, it was to pass to her oldest son. At the beginning of the Civil War, Mary and family abandoned the house and it was taken over by the US Army. Eventually, the Army started burying Civil War dead on the property. They wanted to make sure that the Lees would never want to live there again.

The house is operated by the National Park Service, and they had a major renovation not too long ago. The house tour is not formal--you just wander around to look into the various rooms. There are informational signs to tell you what you are looking at. Not only are there many items that belonged to the Lees, but also items that once belonged to George and Martha Washington. Mary Lee was Martha's granddaughter. You are not allowed on the second floor, but they do have an interactive board that gives you a virtual tour of the rooms on the second floor, including Robert and Mary's bed chamber. There are outbuildings to see including slave rooms. In the front of the house, the view into Washington DC is just spectacular!

Unfortunately, I was hoping to purchase some items in the gift shop, which was closed! I was there at 12:20 PM. It certainly seemed like a normal day. Also, the bathrooms nearby were atrocious. I have smelled outhouses that weren't as offensive.
Written June 14, 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of our stops in the Arlington National Cemetery was the beautiful Arlington House, which had been owned by General Robert E. Lee before the Civil War. The home has been restored as a memorial to General Lee. It stand on the top of a hill in the cemetery, overlooking the cemetery as well as providing stunning views of the city of Washington DC. We went on a tour inside the home, which was interesting and contained portrayals of life there in the middle 1800s. This would be of interest to anyone that enjoys this type of history, and is an added historical aspect of the cemetery itself.
Written May 4, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
At the top of Arlington Cemetery is Arlington House which is managed and owned by the National Parks Service. The house is free to enter and has exhibits from the early 19th century.
There are also outbuildings dedicated to slave accommodation and a small museum. There are fantastic views of the cemetery and Washington DC from the house. The house opens at 9.30am.
Written April 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jaclyn H
Raleigh, NC67 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Friends
This was my first time visiting DC. I was visiting my son who was recovering from an injury during deployment. We took advantage of this opportunity and explored Arlington Cemetery. This was one of my musts because my husband is a history buff. I was a little disappointed. They have not preserved the house like I was expecting from Mount Vernon. Though it is beautiful and full of History it was okay to me. I enjoyed everything else about Arlington Cemetery.
Written March 17, 2024
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Kimberly B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I did not go into the house, but the gardens around the house and the view of DC from the top is completely worth the hike!
Written September 21, 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Arlington House was the home of Robert E. Lee's family before the Civil War. Lee vacated the house to assume leadership of the Confederate troops at the start of the Civil War. Eventually, Union forces began burying fallen soldiers in the fields surrounding Arlington House, including as close to the house as possible to dissuade the Lees from ever returning.
Written September 10, 2023
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anderson213
Hannibal, MO798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
There's a lot of good information here. There's material about his career and I had not realized that Gerald Ford officially restored citizenship and pardoned him in 1975.

Lee has become a controversial figure in recent years. It's nice to see more of than man than a symbol of the Confederacy. There are slave quarters and some slave stories mentioned on the property. I only wish that the Burkes would have had a more prominent place, which would have showed an even more humanly and compassionate figure.
Written June 13, 2023
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Part of the original history of the cemetery. Interesting house to tour. It doesn't take long. Has a great view of Washington.
Written May 15, 2023
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Lynn S
League City, TX588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This mansion is where Gen. Robert E. Lee lived before the Civil War began. As retribution for Lee choosing to lead the Southern troops, war dead were buried all around the mansion to discourage Lee's return and thus was the beginning of Arlington National Cemetery. The hop on hop off tram drops you off near the house. The ground are beautiful and the views of the city of Washington DC are nothing short of spectacular. You can go inside and tour the house. There are slave quarters behind the home which you can also tour as well as a small museum. There's no charge for any of it unless you want to buy something at the small gift shop. I miss this on my first trip to Arlington, but I didn't on the next two!
Written March 24, 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The residence of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is a typical Southern plantation. Occupying a prime focal point across the Potomac River, Arlington House is a recreation of Lee's time in the house. While the details of the house is well preserved and illustrated, the view of Washington DC outside the place is impressive.
Written December 17, 2022
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