My daughter Agnes went into DC today to visit some friends and do some errands for me. She visited several places of interest. Agnes first left the house which overlooks DC. From the front of Arlington House you can see the beginnings of the Washington Monument and the Capitol building being built. It is a glorious view that we have here at Arlington House. My husband feels that should war break out our property will become much fought over by both the United States military and the Confederate forces. I pray that this will not happen and that my family home will be safe.
Agnes first went to the White House to see where President Lincoln lives. She saw both the front and the back of the White House. She was disappointed to not to see a glimpse of the President but told me she was very proud to see where the man who promoted her father lived. I do not know how I feel about President Lincoln. He has done so much to hasten the break between the states.
After visiting the White House Agnes went to see the the Corcoran Gallery building site. This building has been under construction since 1859. The exterior of the building is almost complet Agnes says. She was able to see the front of the building and front door. She said that the work was beautifully done.
My daughter then went to see the Washington Monument. The monument has not yet been finished but our family is so proud to see a national memorial to General Washington. My father was raised by George and Martha Washington and spent his life keeping the memory of Washington alive. I cannot remember a time when my father was not talking to someone about his step grandfather. It is disappointing to see that the monument has not been finished sooner. It was started in 1848 and it is now 13 years later. If our nation needs a symbol of unity and reminder of how hard our grandfathers fought for our country it is now and the monument should be finished as soon as possible. I must say that Agnes was very active and despite such hot weather was able to visit many buildings and friends. God has blessed me in the health of my youngest child.
After seeing the Washington Monument Agnes went to the patent office. The building was started in 1836 under the presidency of Andrew Jackson and is still not complete. The distressing events of the past year and a lack of funding for the project have led to a delay in finishing the building. Agnes said the building was lovely though and was lucky enough to go inside and see part of the building that had been finished. After going around town all day Agnes was very tired and came home. She regaled the family with amusing stories of her travels and we were all glad to know she had a good time.
The pictures that you see in this post were taken on Monday April 4, 2011. All of the sites shown here were built or in the process of being built when the Lee’s lived at Arlington House. There is no evidence that Agnes Lee visited any of these sites.