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Arlington House Impressions – General & Mrs. Robert E. Lee


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Civil War living historians who portray the Lees as husband and wife, father and mother, and as period historians describing the Army of Northern Virginia and Arlington House, as well as many of the important political and military figures of the era.

The Orlandos immerse themselves into their portrayal of Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee in first person as soon as they enter the venue where they are performing and remain in character for the duration of their stay.

They meet their guests at:

  • intimate dinners in homes or restaurants with a few couples
  • presentations at hotels upon guests’ return from touring the battlefield or other diverse activities
  • restaurants and hotels where they speak before, during or after meals
  • the Virginia Memorial on the battlefield where they speak in full view of the equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee
  • family, military or school reunions
  • Civil War roundtables and other historical societies
  • diverse venues of their guests’ choosing at all times, ample time is permitted for question and answer sessions as well as  photographs upon completion of their presentations.
  • Mrs. Orlando will, whenever prior arrangements are made, make gingerbread cookies from Mary Custis Lee’s original 1800’s recipe for each guest in the party

Please access for additional narrative describing the Orlandos’ presentation of the Lee’s more in depth.


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