The National Park Service / National Register of Historic Places
In a 1882 Supreme Court decision, it was determined that the U.S. Government had confiscated Arlington from the Lees without due process or just compensation, thus returning ownership of the house and sprawling plantation to the Lee family – along with thousands of wartime graves.
The oldest surviving of Lee’s children, George Washington Custis Lee, then sold the property to the government for $150,000, granting legal title to the mansion and 1,100 acre estate. Managed by the Army after the Civil War as an administrative building for the national cemetery, Arlington House was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933.
With the revival of interest in General Lee, Congress designated the mansion as a memorial to Lee in 1955. It was placed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1966. Assist the National Park Service in the preservation and maintenance of Arlington House and its grounds, furthering the goal to restore the site to its pre-American Civil War condition and enrich the visitor experience.
Stimulate interest, understanding, and support for Arlington House as a permanent memorial to Robert E. Lee through immersive and transformative learning opportunities. Amplify the rich and symbolic history of Arlington House to increase public awareness and community engagement.