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. . . HISTORIC HOMES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Arlington House
Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington House (Custis-Lee Mansion) was built in 1802-1818 by George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, on the 1,100-acre plantation inherited from his father. Plans for the Classical Revival mansion are thought to be drawn by George Hadfield, a young English architect.

In 1804, Custis married Mary Lee Fitzhugh. Their daughter, Mary Ann Randolph Custis, married Lt. Robert E. Lee on June 30, 1831. During the next 30 years, the Lees often lived at Arlington House. In 1861, with war between the states inevitable, Lee declined an offer to command the Federal army, and instead offered his services to his native Virginia when it seceded in April.

On 24 May 1861, Federal troops crossed the Potomac, transforming the mansion and its environs into headquarters for the Army of the Potomac. In 1863 the Federal Government confiscated the property, and in June 1864, designated the estate as Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, Freedman's Village was established on the Arlington estate in June 1863. It existed for almost 30 years, providing housing, education, employment training, medical care, and food to former slaves.

Following the civil war, Lee's oldest son, Custis Lee, filed suit in Federal Court arguing that the government's confiscation was unconstitutional. In 1882, The Supreme Court upheld Lee's suit and awarded him $150,000. Arlington House is now a national memorial to Robert E. Lee.

Text © 1995 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1995 Bill Harrah

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Arlington House    Ash Grove    Carlyle House    Clark House    Dogan House    Freeman House & Store    Green Spring Manor House    Joshua Gunnell House    Dr. William Gunnell House    Gunston Hall    The Harper House    Henry House    Maymont House    Master Armorer's House    George Washington's Mount Vernon    Oatlands Plantation    The Silas Burke House    The Stone House    Historic Sully    Virginia Governor's Mansion    Woodlawn Plantation   
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