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Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee

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Address: 607 Oronoco St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2307
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Elegant Federal-style mansion was once the home of Robert E. Lee.

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I only looked at this from the outside. It's a nice house and I enjoy the history of this building and the area. It seems like a great many important people spent a lot of time... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lombard, Illinois

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Lombard, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only looked at this from the outside. It's a nice house and I enjoy the history of this building and the area. It seems like a great many important people spent a lot of time in this small town. The house is worth a lot. It doesn't take long.

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Norwich, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 September 2016

My wife is from Alexandria when she was a child. She went to school nearby, and it's is fascinating when we sit at home and talk about her memories. Her stepmoms brother lived nearby and knows so much more about the history of the area. I must talk with him and get back to ya. Go...Visit You won't be disapointed.!

1 Thank wagnermark15
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

History is more fascinating than fiction. Robert E. Lee grew up next door to abolitionist Dr. Benjamin Hallowell who was Lee's mentor, tutor, and father figure -- in the absence of a real father. Lee got his anti-slavery views from Dr. Hallowell, and Dr. Hallowell also prepared Lee academically for his entry into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.... More 

4 Thank historyscholar
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This used to be a worthwhile visit, and it is still of historic interest, but as it is a private home now you can only glimpse the exterior. The private sale created an uproar at the time, many years ago, but not enough money could be raised to save it as a museum for the public.

3 Thank AlexandriaFoodie
Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Cant view since it is a private home. Better to visit his birthplace or go to Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC

2 Thank Bluemax48cc
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015

Was walking around Old Towne Alexandria to get a feel of the place and came across the sign indicating I was standing in front of Robert E Lee's boyhood home. The place has had visits by Washington and Lafayette and was the home of Lightfoot Harry Lee (Robert's father and Revolutionary War hero). The house is in private hands and... More 

1 Thank arazi1991
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

You can drive by this house or see it from the sidewalk, but it is private property now so you cannot enter.

1 Thank LAPR1
York, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

The boyhood home of Robert E. Lee is privately owned and not open to the public. This was Lee's home from the age of 3 or 4 until he left for West Point at the age of 18.

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Woodville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I loved seeing this place. Getting to stand where a great man grew up was just incredible. There is just so much to absorb! I highly recommend this place.

1 Thank Michael S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

Too bad this is no longer a museum, but there is still an historic marker outside, and what can be seen from the street is quite lovely. Close to the Lee-Fendall House, a bit off of King Street, worth a walk over just to see it.

2 Thank QuickWhitTravel

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