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D.C. philanthropist and history lover David Rubenstein just pledged over $12 million to renovate Arlington National Cemetery's landmark mansion.

"National Park Service officials plan to use a $12.35 million donation not simply to renovate and update Arlington House, the Custis-Lee mansion that is the centerpiece of Arlington National Cemetery, but bring the story of the historic plantation home to a future generations. The financial gift by business executive and philanthropist David Rubenstein, announced July 17, will allow Park Service officials to restore the home to how it looked in 1860, just before the outbreak of the Civil War that changed the plantation, and the nation, forever." -- InsideNoVA.com

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