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Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Glencarlyn Station

The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park

 
 
Glencarlyn Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, July 7, 2012
1. Glencarlyn Station Marker
Inscription.  If you arrived here by train on a summer Sunday afternoon in the 1870s, you would find crowds of people enjoying Arlington's premier amusement park. This wooded spot near the confluence of Lubber Run and Four Mile Run was a natural place for a park. Since the railroad's beginnings in the 1850s, this had been a regular stop for steam trains replenishing water from the springs. The Carlin family, owner of the property since 1766, built the Carlin's Springs amusement park here in 1872. It offered the popular attractions of the day -- a large swimming hole, a bar, dance pavilions, and a 250-seat ice cream parlor. In 1887 the property was sold to developers for a residential community. The Carlin family house is preserved and open to the public as a museum.

Captions:
Above: Young boys beside the second Glencarlyn station, 1930s.
Below: The first station, built in 1896.

Credits: Large background photograph-Courtesy Thomas Underwood. Photograph upper right-Courtesy Arlington Historical Society. From Washington & Old Dominion Railroad by Ames W. Williams. Exhibit painting and design-Jane Henna, Leesburg, Va. This wayside
Glencarlyn Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 14, 2016
2. Glencarlyn Station Marker
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exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Virginia Recreational Trails Fund Program.
 
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraEntertainmentRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks, and the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1766.
 
Location. 38° 52.01′ N, 77° 7.48′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from N. Granada Street. This marker is on the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail at the intersection with the Four Mile Run Trail, just north of the underpass beneath Arlington Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlin Springs (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Carlin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Ball House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ball-Carlin Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Carlin Community Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Moses Ball Grant (approx. half a mile away); Reevesland (approx. half a mile away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 7 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
More about this marker. The marker is incorrect in stating that the Carlin family acquired the property in 1766. In fact they acquired the property in 1772.
http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Arlington/000-0009_Ball-Sellers_House_1975_Final_Nomination.pdf
 
Regarding Glencarlyn Station.
Glencarlyn Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, July 7, 2012
3. Glencarlyn Station Marker
The "Carlin family house" referred to on this marker is marked by the nearby "John Ball House" marker.
 
Glencarlyn Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 14, 2016
4. Glencarlyn Station Marker
An Arlington Boulevard bridge can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022