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Review of Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial
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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van
Ranked #7 of 91 things to do in Arlington
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Owner description: 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.
knoxville
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Check this house out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

The people that take you through the house are a wealth of information. It is really neat to see how people lived and what is associated with that time period. Check this out. It overlooks the Arlington Cemetery so you can do 2 things in the same day

Visited November 2013
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“History with a View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

this home is full of layers of history. The view of Washington DC is amazing. Be prepared for a long uphill walk, but the destination is worth the trek.

Visited September 2013
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NC
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“Steadily improving, but still needs some work.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

It offers a spectacular view of DC and the living history exhibits in the summer add to the over all interest. Over the last 6 years I've been visiting periodically they have been slowly renovating Arlington House and the finished rooms are very nicely done.

The downside is that at any given time, about half the house has been closed and that remains true today.

The slave quarters have been renovated as well and while some of it is very nicely done, if you are observant you'll notice things like Ikea style bed frames using modern fasteners. That spoils the experience in my opinion as seeing original fasteners is an important part of the experience.

Also, there is no indication of the location of the summer kitchen, or any description of the original purpose of the "museum" building.

Finally, the current tour does not discuss the faux marble pillars or facing on the building, which is an otherwise very interesting insight into the architecture of the time.

Visited September 2013
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Indianapolis
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“View is incredible”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

We were there in mid Sept so not very crowded. Only had a short wait to go in the house as they only let 10-12 people in at a time. During the wait they have a guide tell interesting stories about Robt E Lee, the history of the house and his family and connection to George Washington. Looking from the back patio you have a marvelous view of DC and the Potomac River.

Visited September 2013
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minnesota
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“No Ranger”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

When we went in the Ranger was called away and we were left alone. The house is OK but we have seen Southern Plantations that are much better. The outside is very picturesque.

Visited September 2013
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