Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dependence on Slave Labor
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Custis did not make enough money from his other crops to support large numbers of slaves, thus he was not as dependent on slave labor as others. It was his intent to free his slaves, which he did through his will five years after his death in 1857.
The other Custis-Lee plantations, White House, and Romancoke in the central tidewater of Virginia (almost 10,000 acres in total) generated most of the families' income.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 52.893′ N, 77° 4.373′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from Sherman Drive 0.1 miles south of Lincoln Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the garden north of Arlington House near Custis Walk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Sherman Drive, Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kitchen Garden (a few steps from this marker A Garden Sustains (a few steps from this marker); Arlington Estate, 1860 (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardian of a Nation's Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre Charles L'Enfant (within shouting distance of this marker); The Arlington Woodlands (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kingdom of My Childhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
Also see . . . Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on December 1, 2013.)
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture •
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