Lee House was built in 1867 to Robert E. Lee’s specifications while he served as president of Washington College. The large porch enclosed three sides of the home to permit greater access to Lee's wife, who was confined to a wheelchair. Since Lee’s time, the house has served as the home of the University's president, and the tradition continues today.
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The garage at Lee House used to serve as a barn for Traveller, Lee's famous horse. Traveller enjoyed his freedom, so while he was alive, the tall grey doors of the barn stood open 24 hours a day. Some people still claim that the ghost of Traveller roams W&L's campus, so the doors are never closed, just in case Traveller wants to come home.