History can be a funny thing. Thanks to the philanthropy of David Rubinstein, the home of Robert E Lee will be restored and the house, outer buildings and gardens will also undergo some reinterpretation. Arlington House is the nation’s memorial to Robert E. Lee. It honours him for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War. In a larger sense it exists as a place of study and contemplation of the meaning of some of the most difficult aspects of American History - military service, sacrifice, citizenship, duty, loyalty, slavery and freedom.
When the projects is completed, visitors will see Arlington House as it was in 1860, with every room restored to its historical appearance. An important aspect of this project will be to restore the slave quarters to better represent and tell the stories of the enslaved. Visitors will learn from park rangers and volunteers, new mobile and digital technology, audio tours and changing exhibitions. Visitors will move between the house and the new museum and bookstore along accessible paths that stretch through the restored grounds, including heirloom gardens and new trails. People who cannot visit in person will enjoy virtual tours, complete with detailed displays of the rooms and museum objects. #museum #museums #history #heritage