Family Parlor

Parlor with green furniture and paintings on the wall


The House’s Spiritual Center
This parlor was the center of religious life at the mansion. Family, guests, and enslaved household workers gathered here for morning and evening prayers led by the Custis-Lee women. Robert and Mary Lee married in this room. According to oral tradition, enslaved workers Thornton and Selina Gray and Charles and Maria Syphax, George Washington Parke Custis’ daughter, also held their weddings here.

Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee married in this room on June 30, 1831. Their wedding joined two of the most prominent families in not only Virginia, but in the entire American South.

Arlington House First Floor Floorplan
First Floor
North Slave Quarters Museum Exhibit Miss Judy's Quarters Portico Bath and Water Closet Outer Hall Pantry Inner Hall Dining Room Store Room White Parlor Hunting Hall Conservatory School Room Morning Room Family Parlor Guest Chamber Custis Bedchamber Center Hall Office and Studio Selina Gray's Quarters Summer Kitchen / George Clark's Quarters South Slave Quarters museum exhibit Smokehouse

Last updated: June 30, 2021

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Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway
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McLean, VA 22101


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