Arlington House Foundation extends a warm welcome and invites you to take a tour of our website. In the web pages which follow, you will find a history of Arlington House Plantation and those who lived in the Mansion -- the Custis and Lee families -- and histories, also, of the enslaved who labored there to provide a comfortable existence for their masters and mistresses. You will also learn more about the history Arlington House Foundation and the work that we are doing to preserve this important part of our shared history which will help us better understand the past and guide us going forward as we confront the challenges of the 21st Century.
History of Arlington House Foundation
Arlington House Foundation was originally chartered in May, 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit under the name of Save Historic Arlington House (SHAH). Its purpose was threefold: 1) promote the restoration, preservation and advancement of research and educational activities relating to the historic home of George Washington Parke Custis and Robert E. Lee; 2) support the efforts of its federal custodian, The National Park Service (NPS), to increase the veracity of the unique nineteenth century plantation visitor experience; and (3) raise funds for the historic Arlington House to the extent permitted under IRS rules. In 2015, SHAH was renamed Arlington House Foundation (AHF), although its Board and mission remained as before.
We are asking you to join with Arlington House Foundation (AHF) in guaranteeing that American citizens, as well as visitors from abroad, will always have this precious resource for studying and reflecting on the important lessons revealed by our history. As each day passes, the work of Arlington House Foundation grows more vital. In addition to the above projects for which we seek funding, we will be raising money to complete the restoration of the historic frescoes in the mansion and on the facades of the enslaved quarters. We will be creating education programs for local students and will assist the National Park Service in any way that is needed. Please join us in preserving this historic property and its unique history.
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Visit Arlington House
Arlington House is located inside Arlington National Cemetery, and is a 10-minute walk from the Arlington Cemetery Visitor Center/parking area. Entry to Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, the Robert E. Lee Museum, and the slave quarters is free. Reservations are not required to tour the house. There may be a delay to enter the house on busier days.