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The Ages of Abingdon
Abingdon Plantation
 
The Ages of Abingdon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. The Ages of Abingdon Marker
 
Inscription. The land that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport occupies today was once part of a plantation. This hill and the ruins on it are all that remain of the house that stood here for nearly 190 years.

Abington, as this tract of land on the Potomac River was called, witnessed sweeping historical changes. The land was owned for many years by the Alexander family, for whom Alexandria, Virginia was named. John Parke Custis, George Washington’s adopted stepson, moved his family to Abingdon in 1778. Through the Custis family, Abingdon is associated with families of the Virginia plantations of Mount Vernon, Stratford Hall, Kenmore, Woodlawn and Arlington.

Abingdon survived Union occupation during the Civil War and the end of plantation life. However, the encroachment of industry finally took its toll on Abingdon, which fell into disrepair until it burned in 1930. Eight years later, the land was chosen as the site of an airport designed to serve the Nation’s Capital. As National Airport evolved, the ruins of the plantation house remain preserved on this hill as a testament to the rich history of this land.
 
Location. 38° 51.098′ N, 77° 2.643′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is located between the parking garages at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
 
The Ages of Abingdon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. The Ages of Abingdon Marker
Ronald Reagan National Airport Tower is in the background.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alexander Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Abingdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Abingdon Plantation Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); The Industrial Age (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hunter Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Abingdon Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Custis Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .  Abingdon Plantation. (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
Nelly Custis Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. Nelly Custis
Abingdon is known as the “Birthplace of Nelly Custis” because she was the only child in the Custis family who was born there. After her father’s death, George and Martha Washington raised their granddaughter, Nelly, as their own child.
 
 
The Abingdon House Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
4. The Abingdon House
Additions to the house greatly altered its original colonial design (above, west face, circa 1920s). Architect and historian Delos Smith drew this floor plan (below before the house burned to the ground in 1930.
 
 
The Abingdon House Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
5. The Abingdon House
Abingdon witnessed the evolution of the eighteenth-century rural landscape to the industrial and urban landscape of the nineteenth century (below, east face, circa 1920s).
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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