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Arlington House

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Arlington House - Washington, DC

Photo by Ben Prepelka
Inset photo courtesy NPS

     The Arlington House is best known as the home of General Robert E. Lee. The house was first conceived by George Washington Parke Custis. He designed his home to be a memorial to George Washington as well. Washington Monument and Old Glory Custis wanted a fitting display for his Washington Treasures, and employed George Hadfield, an English architect, to build one of the earliest Greek Revival structures in Virginia. The huge, two story columns that span the front portico are easily seen from Washington DC. The massive columns reach up 23 feet and rest on a five foot diameter base. The exterior was cleverly made of stucco and fashioned to look like marble and sandstone.
      Today, the Custis home is now the Robert E. Lee Museum. The house sits high on a Arlington Cemetery hill, overlooking the graves of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. From the front porch, there is a wonderful view of Potomac River, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

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