Lee Chapel and Museum, Lexington

4.7
History and heritage meet in this Victorian chapel, center of Washington and Lee University activities since its construction in 1867.

Visit and learn the story of the 250 year history of the University, whose benefactor was George Washington and whose president was Robert E.Lee - two of America's most famous generals, who just happened to be related by marriage.

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  • As an immigrant, I am not so familiar with the history of Robert E Lee, but I am very interested in it. This tour of the chapel was very informative and taught me some of the major things I need to...  more »
  • Washington & Lee University is rich with history. The tour of Lee Chapel was more than I thought it would be. The chapel tour was wonderful and informative, but the museum downstairs was amazing...  more »
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  • Beautiful chapel built after the War Between the States at the direction of former General Robert Edward Lee, recognized as one of the greatest generals produced by America. He served for about five years as the President of Washington and Lee University under his excellent leadership. He instituted the Honor system for the students and strove to have all of them become Christians. There is an incredibly beautiful granite recumbent statue of General Lee on the battlefield. Fantastic sculptor from Richmond, Virginia produced the work. The chapel is still in use of course. General Lee and other family members are entombed below the stage. Lee's office is below adjacent to an excellent sales shop with books, artwork, music and collectibles are for sale. Very nice and helpful staff. An excellent museum has some personal rare pieces that belonged to General Lee to include a beautiful pair of flintlock pistols and a hunting flintlock shotgun. All were personal gifts from President George Washington. A fantastic astronomy geared mobile to study planetary movements through the year. One of the best I have seen. Traveller is at rest outside the exit. Noble steed.
  • Beautiful chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee. Guide could have shared more about Lee's life. I've read several books about him and she could have told some interesting stories. The museum below the chapel is a must see. The Lee family crypt is there.

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