“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)


Alcova Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 7, 2007
1. Alcova Marker
Inscription.  The oldest part of this house may date from 1836 when John M. Young, a Washington wheelright and carriage maker, purchased the farm from Thomas Hodges, planted a large orchard and used the place as a summer home. In 1905, the farm was acquired by former Virginia State Senator Joseph Cloyd Byars, who several years later expanded the house. Senator Byars named the house Alcova for Alexandria County, Va. (renamed Arlington County in 1920). Byars also developed in this area one of Arlington’s early sub-divisions, which he called Alcova Heights.
Erected by Arlington County, Virginia.
Location. 38° 51.864′ N, 77° 5.633′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on South 8th Street west of South Glebe Road (Virginia Route 120), on the right when traveling west. It is one block in from Glebe Road between Columbia Pike and Arlington Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3435 S 8th St, Arlington VA 22204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hunter's Crossroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Travers Family Graveyard
Alcova and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 7, 2007
2. Alcova and Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles Drew House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Berry (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Arlington Radio Towers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia Sanctuary (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Craig (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Reeb Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. John's Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .  Alcova Heights: Old-Fashioned Community Spirit. 1995 Washington Post article by Linda Wheeler expands on the history of Alcova. (Submitted on March 7, 2007.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,840 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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