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Arlington House Opened To Visitors After 3 Years

It’s been years since visitors have been able to step foot inside the Arlington House, the home where Robert E. Lee and his family lived, but Tuesday, the Virginia house reopened to the public. The $12 million restoration project of the house at Arlington National Cemetery began in 2018 and restored much of the plantation home and south slave quarters. New museum exhibits and more than 1,300 new antiques have been made available to visitors. According to, "The Porticcos, big stone-like columns usually seen from across the Potomac River, were a major part of the project, each repainted by hand. Aaron Larocca, a park ranger with the National Park Service, said every element outside was redone. “This is the largest curatorial, or museum project in the history of the park service,” he said. Some of the hundreds of new items acquired are related to the African American experience and are on display for the first time." As per, "Autographed books, family photos and letters all tell the stories of the slaves that lived and died on the grounds. Timed tickets are required to enter the plantation home at Arlington National Cemetery but visitors are welcome to the grounds, gardens, and slave quarters without reservations. Tickets are free, but there is a $1 service charge per ticket."

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