Mansion once home to Robert E. Lee reopens after overhaul

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The flower garden at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, formerly named the Custis-Lee Mansion, reopens to the public for the first time since 2018 at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Arlington, Va. The Virginia mansion where Robert E. Lee once lived that now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public again, after a $12 million rehabilitation and reinterpretation that includes an increased emphasis on those who were enslaved there. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A statue, photographs, and paintings of Robert E. Lee are displayed at a museum building at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, formerly named the Custis-Lee Mansion, which reopens to the public for the first time since 2018 at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Arlington, Va. The Virginia mansion where Robert E. Lee once lived that now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public again, after a $12 million rehabilitation and reinterpretation that includes an increased emphasis on those who were enslaved there. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia mansion where Robert E. Lee once lived that now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public again.

A $12 million rehabilitation and reinterpretation includes an increased emphasis on those who were enslaved there.

The National Park Service opened Arlington House to the public on Tuesday for the first time since the work began in 2018.

It was funded by philanthropist David Rubenstein, who has also donated millions to other historical sites around the D.C. region.

The mansion commands an unrivaled view of Washington and the Potomac River. It attracts roughly 650,000 visitors annually.

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