Friday, January 19, 2007

To celebrate, or not....

Happy Birthday General Lee, that brown eyed handsome man...The Llamas spit at each other on this anniversary, Steve-O spitting with a distinctly Yankee accent, I might add... From a stricly British point of view, we liked any guy who was beating the hell out of the States...But here is some place you might like to visit:

Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee

Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee
607 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

For the serious historian or the casual visitor, the Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee is a must to see in the Washington, D.C. area. Situated in the Old and Historic Alexandria District, this elegant mansion was the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for most of his boyhood years. Tastefully and artistically furnished with authentic period pieces, this stately Federal town house was the site of frequent visits by George Washington. Here also the Marquis de Lafayette paid a formal call on Ann Hill Carter Lee, the mother of General Robert E. Lee and widow of General Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee of Revolutionary War fame. In the drawing room of this historic dwelling Mary Lee Fitzhugh married George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, and builder of Arlington. Twenty-seven years later, their daughter, Mary Ann Randolph Custis became the wife of Robert E. Lee.

The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmark Commission

Location: 15 minutes south of Washington, D.C. in the historic City of Alexandria, one block east of Washington Street (George Washington Memorial Parkway).

Open to Visitors: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.—admission charge—groups by appointment —special uses upon request. Limitations for handicapped visitors; persons requiring special assistance are asked to call in advance for specific information. Phone: 703-548-8454.

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, and for some special occasions; December 15 through January 31 open by appointment only.

Special events: Robert E. Lee's Birthday Celebration (January); marriage of Mary Lee Fitzhugh and George Washington Parke Custis (July); formal visit of the Marquis de Lafayette (October); Alexandria Candlelight Tours (December).

The Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee is the property of the Lee-Jackson Foundation which was founded by the late J.W. Johns. The Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit corporation and, in addition to its modest endowment, is dependent on gifts of concerned individuals, corporations and foundations. Such gifts are tax deductible.