A question commonly heard at TREES is whether or not the name has anything to do with General Robert E. Lee's famous grey mount, Traveller. The answer is YES!
Most people know that, although he rode several different horses during the course of the war, Traveller remained Lee's favorite. After the war, while Lee was President of Washington College, Traveller lived in the stables next to the President's residence.
When Lee died in 1870, his family kept Traveller and cared for him until the next year, when he died of tetanus. Both General Lee and Traveller are buried on the grounds of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.
We'd like to think that, had he lived many more years, Traveller would have remained a beloved member of the Lee family, cared for as though the General himself were still in charge.
Thus, "Traveller's Rest," providing a home for those horses whose families chose not to take on the responsibility assumed by the Lee family