“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. Touch for map. It is one block in from Glebe Road between Columbia Pike and Arlington Boulevard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3435 S 8th St., Arlington VA 22204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hunter's Crossroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Travers Family Graveyard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Berry
Alcova and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 7, 2007
2. Alcova and Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Craig (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Barcroft Community House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Richardson (approx. one mile away); Wright Park (approx. one mile away); The Arlington Mill (approx. one mile away); Barcroft (approx. one mile 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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Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,804 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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