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100-0082 Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home

Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 12/17/1985

NRHP Listing Date 06/05/1986

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 86001228

A handsomely articulated example of Federal architecture, the Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home was built in 1795 for John Potts, Jr., the first secretary of the Potomac Company. It is distinguished by its fine brickwork and restrained Federal woodwork. Its early 19th-century owners include William Fitzhugh, who served in the first Continental Congress. Gen. “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, moved his family here in 1811 where they resided until 1816. In 1820, “Light-Horse Harry’s” widow, Anne Hill Lee, and her family again occupied No. 607. It was here that Robert E. Lee prepared for his entrance to the United States Military Academy. This little-altered building in the Alexandria Historic District served as a museum operated by the Lee-Jackson Foundation until the end of the 20th century, when the Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home was converted back into a private residence.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: June 9, 2022