Program to Celebrate Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Arlington House

June 18, 2024

The Arlington House Foundation, partnered with the American Friends of Lafayette, together will sponsor on October 14, 2024 an educational program celebrating the bicentennial of the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to Arlington House. The events will be hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. The program includes a presentation by Elizabeth Reese, author of “Marquis de Lafayette Returns: A Tour of America’s National Capitol Region, ” informative displays about Lafayette, and opportunities to talk to “Lafayette” himself, interpreted by the American History Theatre’s Ben Goldman.

The program is part of more than one hundred events planned in locations visited by Lafayette during his 1824-1825 tour of the United States. For more information, see here. Lafayette visited Arlington House on October 15,1824 as the guest of George Washington Park Custis.

Gilbert du Montier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), the last surviving general the American Revolution, was welcomed to the United States in 1824 with universal affection and gratitude. Designated by President James Monroe as an official “Guest of the Nation,” Lafayette’s thirteen-month tour took him to or through 24 states. Lafayette met citizens of every background and station, recalling in remarks the purpose for and the leaders of the American Revolution. As he did so, he advocated for the human rights of enslaved persons, for religious freedom and for equality for women.

The Arlington House Foundation promotes the restoration, preservation and advancement of research and education activities of Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. The Foundation partners with the NPS to help provide authentic and transformative visitor experiences leading to a more inclusive national culture. The American Friends of Lafayette is an historical and patriotic society dedicated to the memory of Lafayette and to the study of his life and times in America and France.

Volunteers Prepare Kitchen Garden for 2024 Growing Season

March 17, 2024

Volunteers prepared the historic Kitchen Garden for the 2024 growing season by planting more than 200 potatoes,  weeding the asparagus bed and installing a protective cover of the beet plants. Jen Hawkins lead a crew of eight volunteers.

The volunteers selected March 17th - St. Patrick's Day - to open the 2024 season, in part, to recall George Washington Park Custis's support for the "rights and liberties" of Ireland and his opposition to the discrimination encountered by Irish immigrants to the United States in the early Federal period. 

The Arlington House Foundation supports the Kitchen Garden through the purchase of garden materials and the coordination of volunteers. The garden's yield will be donated to an Arlington-area food pantry.

Leading Scenic Designer Creates Arlington House Replica to Collect Visitor Donations

(Left to Right) Merle Schneider, Trustee, Save Historic Arlington House, Inc., Rita Leduc, Office Manager, Anna Louizos Designs and Ben Helwig, National Park Service's Acting Site Manager, Arlington House

May, 2013

Visitors seeking to support Arlington House now can do by putting their donation in a detailed novelty replica of the historic house. Anna Louizos, of Anna Louizos Design Studio, and Hilary Noxon, a native of Virginia, designed the donation box with the goal of giving visitors a sense of connection between their donations and Arlington House. Donations travel down through a caricature chimney, through the replica house, and into a transparent reservoir. The artfully crafted replica is a welcome addition to Arlington House. The trustees of Save Historic Arlington House are deeply grateful to Anna Louizos Design Studio for its generous gift of time and talent. Anna Louizos is a New York-based scenic designer recognized for award-winning creations for theatrical, film and television productions.

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