Saturday November 20, 2010 / 11:00amTour of Arlington Cemetery With Special Visit to Fort Myer Stables
Memorial Drive and Hwy 110
Arlington, VA 22211
How was your experience?
This was one of the best tours I've done in YEARS!! Our group was blessed with beautiful weather for a walking tour in Arlington Cemetery. A group of about 20, we first walked to the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (great timing). Next, we walked to see the JFK and other family burial sites. Third, we walked through beautiful, historic Ft. Myer & went to the equally historic stables to see the GORGEOUS horses that are used for all the funeral services at the Cemetery. They are truly amazing to see. The Army staff at the stables was incredibly informative regarding the history of the horses, and even introduced us to the famous ones. We had interactive opportunities with all of the horses if we wanted -- every one of them gentle -- great for children. We had an 8 yr-old with us. Lastly, we visited the Custis House (or Lee Mansion), the original family estate of Martha Custs Washington's family. Unfortunately, the furniture is out of the mansion currently & we had to rely on photos. The fabulous view and surrounding architecture more than made up for the absence of furniture. The "icing on the cake" was our tour guide, Mark. Without a doubt, he is the most knowledgeable, interesting and helpful tour guide I've had in MANY years! He even brought a binder of historic photos so that we could compare what had been with what is current. EVERYONE was impressed by him. He was equally wonderful with children. All in all, it was a truly wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone, unless they have difficulty walking.