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Robert E. Lee home in Arlington damaged by quake


Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Photo: National Park Service

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A 200-year-old house in Arlington that housed Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War has suffered minor damage from the August earthquake.

Matt Henderson, acting site manager of the Arlington House, says a rear wall suffered minor separation from the house and there was a significant amount of plaster damage.

Henderson says the back hallway and upstairs have been closed to visitors since the earthquake.

Henderson tells The Washington Post that there is no estimate on the cost of repairs or how long repairs will take.

A major restoration project was already under way at the memorial in Arlington National Cemetery when the quake struck.

The memorial is managed by the National Park Service.

.....The mansion was built on the orders of George Washington Parke Custis, a step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington. Custis was a prominent resident of what was then known as Alexandria County, at the time a part of the District of Columbia. Arlington House was built on an 1,100 acre (445 ha) estate, originally purchased by Custis' father, John Parke Custis, in 1778.[6] George Washington Parke Custis decided to build his home on the property in 1802, following the death of Martha Washington and three years after the death of George Washington. Custis originally wanted to name the property "Mount Washington", but was persuaded by family members to name it "Arlington House" after the Custis family's homestead on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.[7] George Hadfield, an English architect who also worked on the design of the United States Capitol, designed the mansion. (wikipedia)

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