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Arlington House

  • Also Known As: Custis-Lee Mansion
  • Also Known As: The Robert E Lee Memorial

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The House Where Two Generals Are Connected

Arlington House is inextricably linked to one of the most famous Confederate Civil War Generals, Robert E. Lee, but it is also the home of a family whose roots lie with the father of our country, George Washington. Arlington House is where this family lived and lost. It was also home to a large enslaved population that came from Mount Vernon to provide the existence that the family knew. - NPS

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1778/00/00 John Parke Custis Home John Parke Custis buys 1100 acres of land in Virginia
1803/00/00 George Hadfield Architect Arlington is built for George Washington Parke Custis.
1803/00/00 George Washington Parke Custis Home Arlington is built for George Washington Parke Custis.
1824/10/15 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Lafayette is entertained at Arlington House, spends the night in Washington DC Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1831/06/30 Robert E Lee Groom Mary Custis marries Robert E Lee Marriage of Mary Custis and Robert E Lee
1831/06/30 Mary Anna Custis Lee Bride Mary Custis marries Robert E Lee Marriage of Mary Custis and Robert E Lee
1834/00/00 Mason-Lee wedding party and guest finish the night at Arlington House Marriage of Anna Maria Mason and Sydney Smith Lee
1837/05/31 William Henry Fitzhugh Lee Born William H F Lee born at Arlington House.
1843/10/27 Rob Edward Lee Born Mary Anna Custis, wife of Robert E Lee, gives birth to a son, Robert Edward Lee at home in Arlington, Virginia.
1853/04/23 Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis Died Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis dies at home in Virginia.

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Particulars for Arlington House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Greek Revival
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Park
Criteria Person
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000040
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: Hadfield,George
Architectural Style: Greek revival
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Nominator Name: National Memorial
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1803, 1861
Associated People: Lee,Robert E.
Historic Function: Domestic, Landscape
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Secondary structure, Park
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Museum Park

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