Last stop in old history
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trip I have been searching for the old American history from the founding
fathers to the Civil War history. Hence I figured my last stop should be deeply
rooted in the history of the
cemetery is located around the old Arlington House which used to George
Washington Parke Curtis the grandson of Martha Washington. Later the house was
deeded to Robert E Lee's wife with Lee acting as the executer of the will.
Lee's former friend General Meigs from
Lee was never able to return to his magnificent house on top of the hill with a superb view out across the National Mall and down towards the Capitol Hill. After the war Lee's son George Washington Custis Lee took the matter to the Supreme Court wanting compensation and was awarded a compensation of 150.000 dollars for the estate.
I went to go for the usual tour of the ground but I was in a bit of a hurry hence I only had time to quickly pass by the most famous of all the graves at the sight - the final resting place of John F Kennedy and his family. Then I went to the top of the hill to have a quick look at the Arlington House - which currently has no furniture on display because of ongoing restoration.
After my quick visit I had to get going to the airport - I sort of hoped there would not be too much traffic because that could kind of mess up my plans about getting on a certain airplane to go home. Fortunately there really wasn't much traffic going to the airport so I made it with plenty of time to spare.