Wednesday, March 4, 2015
TIME: Depart WNDC (car share) 10:30am or meet at Arlington House 11:00 am (See below on how to obtain information on parking and Metro/tour bus access). Return to WNDC 12:30 pm
PRICE: Tour: Free for members, $10 for non-members. Optional lunch afterwards at WNDC: $15
EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour (Wear comfortable walking shoes).
The residence of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War, Arlington House has a unique and interesting story, with connections to many important figures, issues and events in American History. Built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818, the house and grounds served many purposes over the last two hundred years: a family home for the Lees and Custises, a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves, a monument honoring George Washington, a military headquarters, a community for emancipated slaves, and a national cemetery.
Our tour will include the house with its exquisite furnishings and gorgeous view of Washington DC, two slave quarters, book store, and Robert E. Lee Museum. (Wear comfortable walking shoes.) Tour size is limited to 24 participants. Please also indicate if you are willing to be one of the six drivers to form our car pool.
Arlington House is managed by the National Park Service and located in Arlington National Cemetery. For driving instructions and information on parking or access by Metro and the Arlington Cemetery tour bus (Arlington House is one of the stops), please contact Patricia Fitzgerald, PFitzgerald@democraticwoman.org, (202) 232-7363.