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The Kingdom of My Childhood

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
1. The Kingdom of My Childhood Marker
Inscription. Here the Custis and Lee family members entertained guests, strolled with suitors, read precious letters, buried their much beloved pets, communed with nature, engaged in spiritual reflection, and enjoyed the shade and solitude of a wooden arbor.

In particular, the Custis-Lee women bonded in the dirt of this garden. Mary Custis Lee dug in this garden alongside her mother, from the time she could hold a hoe, until her hands crippled. Each of her four daughters dug the same dirt with her, creating their own special spaces and memories.

The enslaved also labored in the garden: weeding, hauling manure, and buckets of water.

After the death of Mrs. Custis, Agnes Lee recalled: "I have been working in my garden. O how grandma enjoyed the garden! When I look at her flowers they remind me so of her. She has gone to a land where the flowers are far more beautiful."
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 52.848′ N, 77° 4.374′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from Sherman Drive 0.2 miles south of Lincoln Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the edge of the garden south of
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
2. The Kingdom of My Childhood Marker
Arlington House in Arlington Cemetery. 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. The Flower Garden (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Garden to Graves (a few steps from this marker); Guardian of a Nation's Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Arlington House, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Arlington Woodlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Unknowns Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre Charles L'Enfant (within shouting distance of this marker); Arlington Estate, 1860 (within shouting distance of this marker). 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 10, 2013.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Persons
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
3. Mildred Lee
Mildred Lee, the youngest daughter of Mary Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee described the garden as "the kingdom of my childhood."
Close-up of photo on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
4. Rose
Roses from Arlington were famous throughout the area; guests left with armloads of every species. In season, and when at home, Robert E. Lee gathered roses each morning to adorn the breakfast plates of his mother -in-law, wife, daughters and female guests.
Close-up of photo on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
5. Volunteers
Today volunteers don period dress to evoke a spirit of a bygone era.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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