Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

 

Contact Information:

George Washington Memorial Parkway
Turkey Run Park
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 235-1530

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

Need a place to stay?
Virginia Lodging

Books:
Robert E. Lee: A Biography
Lee
The Recollections & Letters of Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee: Icon For A Nation
General Lee: A Biography of Robert E. Lee


Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee MemorialArlington House was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family for thirty years and is uniquely associated with the Washington and Custis families. George Washington Parke Custis, Lee’s father-in-law, built the house between 1802 and 1818 to be his home as well as a memorial to George Washington, his step-grandfather. Lee made his historic decision to resign from the US Army at Arlington House and wrote his resignation letter in his second floor bedchamber.

Arlington House, with its associated slave quarters and gardens, are now preserved as a memorial to Robert E. Lee, who gained the respect of Americans in both the North and the South and used his influence after the Civil War to help heal the nation.

 

Getting There:
The Memorial is accessible by shuttle bus or by a 10-minute walk from the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center/parking area. Access from Washington is via the Memorial Bridge. Access from Virginia is from the George Washington Memorial Parkway.