Guardian of a Nation's Heritage

Guardian of a Nation's Heritage (HM1C50)

Location: Arlington, VA 22211 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.859', W 77° 4.377'

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Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Selina Gray, her husband, and their eight children lived in the room to your right. She was Mrs. Lee's personal maid and later the head housekeeper. Her parents had been Mt. Vernon slaves, so she grew up steeped in the lore of George Washington.

In May of 1861 on the eve of the Civil War, Mrs. Lee abandoned her home. She left the household keys with Mrs. Gray, entrusting her with the "Washington Treasury," cherished heirlooms that once belonged to George and Martha Washington (Mrs. Lee's great grandmother.) By assuming stewardship of these revered artifacts, Mrs. Gray became, in a broad sense, the guardian of the heritage of the young nation.
HM NumberHM1C50
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320190 N 4305611
Decimal Degrees38.88098333, -77.07295000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.859', W 77° 4.377'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 51.54" N, 77° 4' 22.62" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 637 Sherman Dr, Arlington VA 22211, US
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