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Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home Listed For Reduced Price - Source Patch

Posted on Mar 27,2019
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By Emily Leayman

The boyhood home of Robert E. Lee in Alexandria was listed on the market Tuesday with a significant price drop. Previously priced at $8.5 million, the six bedroom is available for $6.2 million.

Built in 1795, the federal-style home has a storied history. It's also called Potts-Fitzhugh House, as it was built by John Potts, secretary of the Potomac Canal Company, and sold to plantation owner William Fitzhugh. George and Martha Washington have dined at the home numerous times.

Robert E. Lee's father Henry rented the home in 1812, according to The Washington Post. The family lived there for over 80 years, including Robert E. Lee from age five to when he went to West Point in 1825. He again visited five years after the Civil War ended, The Post reported.

Other owners have been Pulitzer-winning poet Archibald MacLeish and Franklin Roosevelt administration official Royd Sayers. For some time, the Stonewall Jackson Foundation operated the home as a public museum.

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