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Paving Over the Past
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Date: Jul 9, 1990
Start Page: a.10
Section: OP/ED

A National Airport advisory panel has recommended that the ruins of Abingdon plantation house be replaced by a parking garage {Metro, June 22}. This plan will allow the airport to increase congestion on George Washington Parkway and, incidentally, charge the public premium rates to park near Metro and an air terminal. It will also destroy a historical site that the Arlington County Board and some local residents wish to preserve.

George Washington Parke Custis, the son of [J. P. Custis], lived at Abingdon as a child. After being adopted and raised by the Washingtons at Mount Vernon, he built and named Arlington House (the "Custis-Lee Mansion" now in Arlington Cemetery), preserved George Washington's memorabilia and, in the early 19th century, became a leading citizen of the area and father-in-law to Robert E. Lee. His sister [NELLIE CUSTIS], born at Abingdon, received the now historic Woodlawn Plantation as a wedding gift from Washington, who had adopted her also.

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