“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Dawson-Bailey House

The Dawson-Bailey House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, June 9, 2012
1. The Dawson-Bailey House Marker
Inscription. This house is probably the oldest structure in Arlington County, but its exact age is unknown. This land was first patented in 1696; a house at this site is shown on a survey of 1785. Thomas Dawson enlarged the present house by adding the east end in 1859. He left the place to his daughter. Bessie Lola, who married W. C. Bailey. She lived here for 94 years and died in 1955.
Erected 1969 by Arlington County, Virginia.
Location. 38° 53.94′ N, 77° 4.97′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on North Taft Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2133 North Taft Street, Arlington VA 22201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bennett (approx. mile away); Fort C.F. Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Strong (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Corcoran (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort C.F. Smith (approx. half a mile away); The Arlington Line (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker.
The Dawson-Bailey House image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, June 9, 2012
2. The Dawson-Bailey House
Contrary to the statement on the marker, this house is probably not the oldest house in Arlington County. That distinction belongs to the John Ball Cabin (subject of another historical marker in Arlington) which was built about 1750. It is quite possible that this house was built in the late 18th Century, which would make it the second oldest house in Arlington
Regarding The Dawson-Bailey House. This Federal-style, two-story, stone, gable-roofed dwelling was once part of the Dawson Farm. In 1859, Thomas B. Dawson purchased the house and 85 acres. During the Civil War the farm was occupied by Union troops, and Mrs. Dawson reportedly nursed several wounded soldiers in the house. The house remained in the family until 1955 when it was purchased by the County. It is now operated as a recreation center. Source:
Also see . . .  webpage for Dawson Terrace Community Center and Park. The Dawson Terrace Community Center incorporates the Dawson-Bailey House (Submitted on June 10, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.) 
Additional comments.
1. The Dawson-Bailey House
The house was first built by Thomas Owsley then the Dawson family owned it next. So the first statement of this maybe the oldest house may be correct.

I am a of descendant Thomas Owsley. We believe it was built around 1700 it was done through a patent grant at the time. According to a map in a book Beginning at the White Oak by Beth Mitchell 1972 Show the land at the time.

The Owsley family has family Historical society.

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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 167 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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