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“Out of the way”
Review of John Custis' Tomb

John Custis' Tomb
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Reston, Virginia
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45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Out of the way”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The site of Arlington Plantation is well worth visiting. It is one the Chesapeake Bay near the end of an obscure road. The graveyard is adjacent and is well preserved and cared for. I only wish the plantation house had survived.

Visited May 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“But you have to love history”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

There really isn't much here, but that is part of the charm. Nice view of the bay also awaits. A few descriptions of what you are seeing now at the house foundation. And of course the tombs. Now marked to make it hard to miss, and if you do, just turn around at the dead end and come back!

Visited February 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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403 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Worth the adventure to find it”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Before visiting these tombs, stop by the Cape Charles Museum in Cape Charles. They have an exhibit on the Arlington plantation that gives you the context you need for these tombs and the mansion site.
Yes, you must have faith to find the tombs. Turn West on Virginia Route 644 from US 13. Just continue on the road, enjoying the fields and farmhouses. Look for a small sign on the right. Turn right into the grass parking area. It looks as if there is nothing there but a field. The field is the site of the Arlington mansion and the tombs are to the left behind a brick wall.
Enjoy the old, old trees. Walk over to view the wonderful view of the bay.
Not a long time to see it all, but an interesting bit of history none-the-less. After living in Virginia 45 years, we didn't know this story until we visited the tombs and the museum in Cape Charles.

Visited July 2013
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East Providence, RI
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The Tomb of Custis, a most interesting place!”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This historical site is just a five minute ride from downtown Cape Charles. The historical plaques will give you an insight into a very powerful and prominent family that played an important role in both Virginia and US history. I certainly did not know that Martha Washington had been married to someone else before becoming our 1st First Lady! Nor did I imagine that the name of Arlington Cemetery came from the name of an old colonial plantation down on the eastern shore. What a beautiful place Arlington Plantation must have been.

Visited May 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An adventure to find”
Reviewed 8 March 2013

I really enjoyed seeing John Custis' tomb and home site. Unfortunately there are no signs and it is so far back that you feel as if you are lost or driving into a place that you should not be. But if you stick to your guns and keeo driving down the road, you'll eventually come up to it :)

Visited January 2013
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