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Ball's Crossroads

 
 
Ball's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, June 6, 2012
1. Ball's Crossroads Marker
Inscription.  This intersection has been a focal point since about 1740, when two roads were developed, one from the future site to Alexandria to the mouth of Pimmit Run, the other from Awbury’s Ferry (at the site of Rosslyn) to the Falls Church. The first came to be known as the Glebe Road because it passed the glebe of Fairfax Parish and in order to distinguish it from other roads to the Falls. The second was eventually named Wilson Boulevard in honor of President Wilson. The intersection became known as Ball’s Crossroads when Ball’s Tavern was established here in the early 1800’s.
 
Erected 1969 by Arlington County. (Marker Number 26.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1740.
 
Location. 38° 52.81′ N, 77° 6.78′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. It is in Virginia Square. Marker is at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Glebe Road, on the right when traveling east on Wilson Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welburn Square (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Human Rights (about 700 feet away); Ellen Bozman (about 700 feet away); Peck Chevrolet (about 700 feet away); Urban Development (about 700 feet away); Health & Welfare (about 800 feet away); Ballston (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Blue Goose (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Ball's Crossroads image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, June 6, 2012
2. Ball's Crossroads
Looking west on Wilson Boulevard to the intersection with Glebe Road
Modern restaurant behind marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, June 6, 2012
3. Modern restaurant behind marker
Although this marker discusses Arlington's 18th century history, there are few remnants of that time left at this location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,011 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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