Gen. Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee spent most of his boyhood in Alexandria and later frequented the city while living in nearby Arlington. Today, the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is open to the public. Across the street from Lee's boyhood home, Lee’s father purchased the lot where this historic home sits and sold it a cousin who built the house in 1785. Between 1785 and 1903, it was home to 37 Lee family members. This period of residency was interrupted during the Civil War when the Union seized it for use as a hospital. Restored to its early Victorian elegance, the house is interpreted as a Lee family home of the 1850-1870 period.
Credit: Massachusetts Commandery MOLLUS and USAMHI