Saturday, March 7, 2009
Lexington, Virginia: Lee Chapel and Museum
Those who visit the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., to pay their respects to General Robert E. Lee are in for a slight surprise. The campus is extremely attractive, and you'll be tempted to sign up for a semester or two while visiting.
The Lee Chapel & Museum is the main attraction here. General Lee became president of the university after the Civil War. His final resting place is downstairs in the chapel, surrounded by other family members. A striking statue of Lee is in the very front of the chapel. Lee's office also is in the building.
Lee even has an old friend nearby. Traveller, his horse, is buried right outside the chapel. Traveller spent 1862 to 1865 at Lee's command, and the horse lived until 1871 -- a year past Lee's death.