The Kingdom of My Childhood

The Kingdom of My Childhood (HM1C9R)

Location: Arlington, VA 22211 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.849', W 77° 4.367'

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Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Here the Custis and Lee family members entertained guests, strolled with suitors, read precious letters, buried their much beloved pets, communed with nature, engaged in spiritual reflection, and enjoyed the shade and solitude of a wooden arbor.

In particular, the Custis-Lee women bonded in the dirt of this garden. Mary Custis Lee dug in this garden alongside her mother, from the time she could hold a hoe, until her hands crippled. Each of her four daughters dug the same dirt with her, creating their own special spaces and memories.

The enslaved also labored in the garden: weeding, hauling manure, and buckets of water.

After the death of Mrs. Custis, Agnes Lee recalled: "I have been working in my garden. O how grandma enjoyed the garden! When I look at her flowers they remind me so of her. She has gone to a land where the flowers are far more beautiful."
HM NumberHM1C9R
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320204 N 4305592
Decimal Degrees38.88081667, -77.07278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.849', W 77° 4.367'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 50.94" N, 77° 4' 22.02" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2331 Sherman Dr, Arlington VA 22211, US
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