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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Arlington Estate, 1860

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
1. Arlington Estate, 1860 Marker
Inscription. In 1778, John Parke Custis purchased most of the 1,100 acres comprising this estate from the Alexander family. John's son, George Washington Parke Custis, came in 1802 and completed the house in 1818. He named it “Arlington” after the old Custis estate on Virginia's eastern shore.

The estate prospered throughout most of Custis' lifetime, but a series of events beginning after his death radically altered the character of Arlington:

1857 -- Ownership is bequeathed to Mrs. Robert E. Lee, sole surviving child of George Custis.

1861 -- The Lees leave Arlington forever, and Union troops occupy the estate throughout the War.

1864 -- Two hundred acres surrounding the house are set aside as a cemetery for Civil War dead.

1882 -- U.S. Supreme Court returns the estate to Mrs. Robert E. Lee's son G.W. Custis Lee. With thousands of graves surrounding the house, Lee cannot make his home here, and sells Arlington to the government for $150,000.
 
Location. 38° 52.874′ N, 77° 4.343′ 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.
Arlington Estate, 1860 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
2. Arlington Estate, 1860 Marker
Marker is on the edge of the walk in front of Arlington House in the 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. Pierre Charles L'Enfant (a few steps from this marker); A Garden Sustains (within shouting distance of this marker); Kitchen Garden (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Arlington House, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Garden to Graves (within shouting distance of this marker); Dependence on Slave Labor (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardian of a Nation's Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flower Garden (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing). 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 13, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraWar, US Civil
 
Arlington House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
3. Arlington House
Close-up of marker
George Washington Parke Custis image. Click for full size.
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4. George Washington Parke Custis
George Washington's step-grandson.
Mary Custis Lee (Mrs. Robert E. Lee) image. Click for full size.
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5. Mary Custis Lee (Mrs. Robert E. Lee)
with her youngest son, Robert E. Lee, Jr.
George Washington Custis Lee image. Click for full size.
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6. George Washington Custis Lee
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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