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Glebe Road & Ballston / Marymount University

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
1. Glebe Road & Ballston Marker
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Glebe Road & Ballston
Glebe Road, which passes this site, is one of Northern Virginia's oldest transportation arteries. Its recorded history dates to ca. 1740 when it was known as the "Road to the Falls," taking travelers by land from the future site of Alexandria to the mouth of Pimmit Run below the Little Falls on the Potomac River. The road also linked lands used by The Falls Church and Christ Church in Alexandria to support the clergy, known as "glebe lands." It eventually became known as Glebe Road.

Robert Ball Sr. (1776-1861) and Horatio Ball (1785-1873), the descendants of Moses Ball, lived near the present-day intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road. This intersection was named Ball's Cross Roads, often spelled as Ball's X Roads, when one of the brothers opened a two-story log inn in the early 1800s. Arlingtonians started to call the surrounding community Ballston ca. 1874.

By the early 20th century, six electrified trolley lines crossed Glebe Road. The photograph shows passengers waiting at either the Lacey Station of the Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway (located at the
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intersection of Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive) or the Lacey Station of the Washington and Old Dominion Railway (located to the north near intersection of Glebe Road and Interstate 66).

Image courtesy of Center for Local History, Arlington County Library.

Marymount University
In 1992, Marymount University purchased the Blue Goose, located two miles south of its main campus, under the leadership of President Sister Majella Berg. She led the effort to raise the funds to acquire and renovate the building. The University renovated the interior to house classrooms and academic offices. The exterior maintained its original appearance as Sister Majella believed the notable blue and white coloring, also Marymount University's colors, was "preordained."

Marymount University demolished the Blue Goose in 2015, but utilized some of its blue panels on the façade of the new building and on these historic markers. The new terra cotta-clad building, designed by Gensler Architects and built by local developer The Shoosham Company, opened in 2017 and houses many of the programs previously located in the Blue Goose. The redevelopment includes a mixed use residential building in place of a former parking lot.

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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
3. Glebe Road & Ballston Marker
Marymount University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & ReligionColonial EraEducationRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWomen. In addition, it is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad 🚂 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1740.
 
Location. 38° 52.955′ N, 77° 7.003′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on North Glebe Road (Virginia Route 120) just north of Fairfax Drive (Virginia Route 237), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1029 North Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trolleys Come to Ballston / CIA Occupies the Building (here, next to this marker); Arlington County in 1921 / John M. Walton, Architect (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballston Metro / The Blue Goose (within shouting distance of this marker); Lacey Car Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blue Goose (within shouting distance of this marker); Peck Chevrolet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ball's Crossroads (approx. ¼ mile away); Welburn Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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