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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Arlington County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Arlington County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Arlington County, VA (450) Alexandria Ind. City, VA (347) Fairfax County, VA (688) Falls Church Ind. City, VA (137) Washington, DC (2434) Montgomery County, MD (714)  ArlingtonCounty(450) Arlington County (450)  Alexandria(347) Alexandria (347)  FairfaxCounty(688) Fairfax County (688)  FallsChurch(137) Falls Church (137)  D.C.(2434) Washington (2434)  MontgomeryCountyMaryland(714) Montgomery County (714)
Arlington is the county seat for Arlington County
Adjacent to Arlington County, Virginia
      Alexandria (347)  
      Fairfax County (688)  
      Falls Church (137)  
      Washington, D.C. (2434)  
      Montgomery County, Maryland (714)  
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1Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — 423rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Insignia of the Tenth Armored "Tiger" Division This tree planted in memory of the courageous men of the 423rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion Commanded by LTC William W. Beverley who fought so valiantly in the European Theatre of . . . Map (db m93099) WM
2Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division
4th Infantry (Ivy) Division "Steadfast and loyal"Map (db m137190) WM
3Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — 96th Infantry Division, U.S. ArmyLeyte 1944 • Okinawa 1945
In memory of our fallen comrades of the 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army killed on Leyte, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan and to all Deadeyes who fought with valor and distinction to defeat Imperial JapanMap (db m61926) WM
4Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — A Roadside RespiteGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway | Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, a nature preserve that hosts many species of migratory birds, included a designed recreational road pull-off parking area intended as a feature of the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, the original portion of the . . . Map (db m156767) HM
5Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — A Symbol of UnionGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"Before us is the broad and beautiful river, separating two of the original thirteen States, which a late President [Andrew Jackson]... desired to span with arches of ever-enduring granite, symbolical of the firmly established union . . . Map (db m142186) HM
6Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Abingdon
Birthplace of Nellie Custis the adopted daughter of General George Washington Original land grant 1669 Purchased by John Parke Custis in 1778 from the Alexanders for whom Alexandria Virginia was named Destroyed by fire in 1930 . . . Map (db m15867) HM
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7Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Abingdon Plantation
The land that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport occupies today was once part of Abingdon Plantation. Abingdon was the home of George Washington’s stepson, John Parke Custis, and birthplace of Washington’s beloved granddaughter, Nelly. . . . Map (db m8381) HM
8Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Abingdon Plantation Restoration
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority worked in concert with Federal, state and local historic preservation agencies and professionals in the field to develop the restoration plan for the Abingdon Plantation site. The restoration process . . . Map (db m8386) HM
9Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Americal Division
Dedicated to those that served WWII · Korea · Vietnam Under the Southern Cross Americal (23rd Infanty) Division sleeve insigniaMap (db m98600) WM
10Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Arlington Post Office
In the first half of the 20th Century, Arlington County changed from a handful of separate neighborhoods to a cohesive community with its own identity and government. The establishment of a central post office was a major factor in this . . . Map (db m54884) HM
11Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Beirut Barracks Victims Memorial"Let Peace Take Root"
This Cedar of Lebanon tree grows in living memory of the Americans killed in the Beirut terrorist attack and all victims of terrorism throughout the world. Dedicated during the first memorial ceremony for these victims. Given by: No Greater . . . Map (db m88360) HM WM
12Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Bridge to PeaceArlington Memorial Bridge and Memorial Avenue — George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Arlington Memorial Bridge spans the Potomac River, a boundary that once divided the United States. Built in 1932, the bridge connect Arlington House, the memorial to the General Robert E. Lee to the Lincoln Memorial. Lee and his family fled the . . . Map (db m142190) HM
13Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Catholic War Veterans, U.S.A.
Dedicated to the memory of those who faithfully served God Country HomeMap (db m137233) WM
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14Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Chain Bridge
In 1797, the merchants of Georgetown built here the first bridge over the Potomac River in order to compete with the Virginia port of Alexandria. The Falls Bridge allowed trade from the "upper country" of Virginia to move directly to Georgetown over . . . Map (db m3339) HM
15Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — C-1 — Clay and Randolph Duel
Although dueling was illegal in Virginia, Secretary of State Henry Clay challenged U.S. Senator John Randolph of Roanoke. Clay called Randolph out to defend his honor after Randolph insulted him in a speech on the Senate floor. Randolph confided to . . . Map (db m2315) HM
16Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — First Marine Division Association
First Marine Division Association World War II · North China · Korea · Vietnam · Southwest Asia · Cold War Semper Fidelis 1st Marine Division insigniaMap (db m98601) WM
17Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — 16 — Fort RichardsonHistorical Site — Defenses of Washington 1861 - 1865 —
Here is what is left of Fort Richardson, a detached redoubt constructed in September, 1861, to cover the left flank of the newly built Arlington defense line, It was named for General Israel B. Richardson, whose division was then deployed to defend . . . Map (db m39726) HM
18Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — 5 — Fort RunyonHistorical Site — Defenses of Washington 1861 - 1865 —
A half-mile to the southwest stood Fort Runyon, a large bastioned earthwork constructed in May 1861 to protect the Long Bridge over the Potomac. Its perimeter, 1484 yards, was about the same as that of the Pentagon. After the construction of the . . . Map (db m5255) HM
19Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — From Brownfield to Playing Fields
This small piece of land has a long history of light industrial use: brickyards, construction, a service station, and a scrapyard. When Arlington acquired the property, the County entered the site into the Voluntary Remediation Program, allowing . . . Map (db m134976) HM
20Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Lieut. Col. Edmund Rice
The Congress to Lieut. Col. Edmund Rice 19th Mass. Vols for conspicuous bravery on the 3rd day of Gettysburg.Map (db m93428) WM
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21Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Long Bridge Park: A Community Space
This stretch of riverside has hosted many diverse communities over time. Nameroughquena tribal homes, the large estates of the Lees and other prominent families, raucous Jackson City, and historic African-American neighborhoods have all existed in . . . Map (db m134978) HM
22Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Matthew Alexander HensonCo-discoverer of the North Pole
Obverse: Reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909, with Robert E. Peary and four Polar Eskimos. [Caption with image of group at Pole:] Ooqueah, Ootah, Henson, Egingwah, Seegloo. Matthew Alexander Henson Re-interment . . . Map (db m11773) HM
23Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — McClellan Gate
[East face, top of the arch:] McCLELLAN Here rest 15,585 of the 315,555 citizens who died in defense of our country from 1861 to 1865. "On fame's eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread, And glory guards with . . . Map (db m24587) HM
24Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Military Officers Association of America Memorial
This living memorial is dedicated to all the men and women of the uniformed services, past and present. Their sacrifices and dedication ensure that America remains the Land of the Free.Map (db m137202) WM
25Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Mount Vernon TrailGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial Learn more about the U.S. Marine Corps' long history of service. Sculpted from a famous photograph of the second flag-raising during the World War II battle for Iwo Jima, the monument honors all Marines who . . . Map (db m130982) HM
26Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Native American Home Site
Site of seasonal Native American camp Circa 500 BC - 500 AD Map (db m197943) HM
27Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Old Barns at Potomac OverlookPotomac Overlook Regional Park
Barns were an integral part of life for early farmers who once tilled the local soils. They housed livestock and were used for storing feed, produce, and farm equipment. Though the farmers are now gone, the remains of the old barns can still be . . . Map (db m197941) HM
28Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Operation Restore HopeSomalia, 1992-1995
In sacred memory of those who died in a distant land, rekindling the flame of hope for a suffering people. Dedicated by No Greater Love, October 3, 1994.Map (db m12325) WM
29Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Pimmit Run and Chain Bridge
Pimmit Run is a stream that runs from the Pimmit Hills neighborhood in Falls Church and joins the Potomac River immediately south of Chain Bridge. The mouth of Pimmit Run provided Native Americans and settlers access to fresh water and fishing, the . . . Map (db m59708) HM
30Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Robert Edwin PearyDiscoverer of the North Pole - April 6, 1909 — [and] his beloved wife, Josephine Diebitsch (1863-1955) —
Rear Admiral, USN; Civil Engineer, Explorer, Scientist (1856-1920) Invenium Viam Avt Facium Erected by the National Geographic Society. Dedicated April 6, 1922, by the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the . . . Map (db m14709) HM
31Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Ronald Reagan
The statue of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States from 1981-1989, is located northeast of this location at the driving entrance to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In 1987, President Reagan's Secretary of . . . Map (db m70983) HM
32Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Swiss Internees
In memory of the gallant combat aircrewmen of the USAAF 8th, 9th, 12th, and 15th Air Forces who were left in Switzerland, 1943-1945 during WWII with "everlasting friends." [Insignia of:] Swiss Internees Association, Inc. U.S.A. Camp . . . Map (db m24558) WM
33Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Ages of AbingdonAbingdon Plantation
The land that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport occupies today was once part of a plantation. This hill and the ruins on it are all that remain of the house that stood here for nearly 190 years. Abington, as this tract of land on the . . . Map (db m8377) HM
34Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Alexander FamilyAbingdon Plantation
Abingdon Plantation was originally part of a 6,000 acre tract if land granted to Robert Howson in 1669. As master of a sailing ship, he was given the land in exchange for transporting settlers to the colony of Virginia. Howson sold it to John . . . Map (db m8378) HM
35Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Custis FamilyAbingdon Plantation
John Parke Custis was the adopted stepson of George Washington and had been raised at the nearby Washington estate of Mount Vernon. He and his wife, Eleanor Calvert, lived in New Kent County with their first two daughters. However, Custis wanted to . . . Map (db m8380) HM
36Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Farm RoadPotomac Overlook Regional Park
The Donaldson family lived and farmed here from the 1840's to the 1930's. During that time, this straight, wide path was a farm road they used for getting around. The Donaldsons were "market farmers", growing crops like wheat, oats, corn, potatoes, . . . Map (db m197939) HM
37Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Hiker1898 - 1902
Cuba, Philippine Islands, Porto-Rico, USA [Seal of the Spanish War Veterans,]Map (db m17911) WM
38Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Hunter FamilyAbingdon Plantation
After the Stuarts moved from Abingdon in 1793, the Alexander family once again owned the plantation. Robert Alexander III’s son, Walter, leased Abingdon to several families over the years. In 1807, he advertised the Abingdon estate for sale, ending . . . Map (db m8379) HM
39Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Indian Spring
This natural spring was referred to as the "Indian Spring" by local farmers in the early 1900's who found arrowheads and other artifacts left behind by the land's former occupants. Today, many springs in Arlington have gone dry as the . . . Map (db m197944) HM
40Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Industrial AgeAbingdon Plantation
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the encroachment of industry transformed the landscape of Abingdon. Several brick companies purchased the land and began to manufacture brick on the site. Various modes of transportation converged on . . . Map (db m8385) HM
41Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Military Order of the World Wars
In memory of the U.S. officers who fought for freedomMap (db m137236) WM
42Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Mouth of Pimmit Run
Thomas Lee patented land in this area in 1719. Here at the head of navigation of the Potomac River, he established an official tobacco inspection warehouse in 1742, the beginning of Arlington's first industrial complex. After 1794, Philip Richard . . . Map (db m3337) HM
43Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Peacemaker
In memory of the outstanding contributions of the aircrews and ground personnel who supported the B-36 Peacemaker nuclear force deterrent of the Strategic Air command from 1948 to 1958. Their sacrifice, dedication, rediness and vigilance . . . Map (db m62374) WM
44Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — The Vietnamese Airborne Division and Their Advisors
Dedicated to the memory of the paratroopers (Mu-Do) of the Vietnamese Airborne Division (Su-Doan Nhay Du) and their advisors (Co Van), the Red Hats and Red Markers of Advisory Team 162, Military Assistance Command, . . . Map (db m12047) WM
45Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — They Served with Honor - The Persian Gulf1990-1991
To the Brave Hearts Who gave their lives, May we all know the peace For which they died. Dedicated by No Greater Love, February 28, 1992.Map (db m12331) WM
46Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — This is Potomac Overlook!
Explore the natural world on 67 acres of wild and cultivated land at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, Virginia. Hike two miles of trails while following interpretive displays to learn about the park's natural and cultural history. . . . Map (db m197927) HM
47Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Tomb of Remembrance
"Here we remember those who have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." Abraham LincolnMap (db m137960) WM
48Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — U.S. Coast Guard Memorial
Northwest face Coast Guard Emblem Semper Paratus - 1790 United States Coast Guard World War Northeast face Officers and Men U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Sunk by enemy submarine in Bristol Channel . . . Map (db m15386) WM
49Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth
In Memory of the Crews of U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) and H.M.A.S. Perth "Still Standing Watch in Sunda Straits."Map (db m24644) HM
50Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — U.S.S. Salem
This living memorial has been placed in honor of all officers, sailors and marines who served aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Salem Flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet 1949-1959Map (db m137232) WM
51Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — USS Frank E. Evans DD 754
To the memory of all sailors who served aboard the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans DD 754 "May we never forget the ship the crews who proudly sailed her and those who paid the ultimate price while serving their country" "Lest . . . Map (db m137231) WM
52Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — USS Serpens Memorial
Herein rest those who lost their lives in the sinking of USS Serpens World War II January 29, 1945. Edwin A Ables EM2 USCGR • John C Aiken III LT USCGR • Roy G Anderson PHM2 USCGR • Edwin F Antkowiak COX USCGR • Lawrence L Arndt CPL . . . Map (db m24123) HM
53Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — Victims of Terrorist Attack on the PentagonSeptember 11, 2001
(Panel 1) Paul W Ambrose (American Airlines Flight 77) • Craig S. Amundson SPC USA • Melissa Rose Barnes YN3 USN • Max J Beilke MSG USA Ret • Yeneneh Betru (American Airlines Flight 77) • Kris Romeo Bishundat IT2 USN • Carrie R Blagburn . . . Map (db m11078) WM
54Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington — You Are Remembered
You are remembered 116,516 brave Americans who died in World War I
"Their devotion, their valor and their sacrifice will live forever in the hearts of their grateful countrymen" General of the Armies John . . . Map (db m137230) WM
55Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Alcova Heights — Alcova
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 . . . Map (db m884) HM
56Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Forest — Carlin Springs
In 1872 John F. Carlin developed here a popular resort which could be reached by train from Washington and Alexandria. His establishment included two springs, an ice cream parlor, a restaurant, a dance pavilion, and a swimming hole at the confluence . . . Map (db m56467) HM
57Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Forest — Glencarlyn StationThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
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 . . . Map (db m67491) HM
58Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Forest — Mary Carlin House
This home incorporates the original log house built about 1800 by William Carlin. It is one of the earliest structures remaining in Arlington. At one time, Carlin had been a tailor in Alexandria whose clients included George Washington. Mr. Carlin’s . . . Map (db m56352) HM
59Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Heights Historic District — Hunter's Crossroads
One of the routes at this historic intersection is Glebe Road, developed in the 18-th century to connect Alexandria with northern Arlington. Columbian Turnpike was built in 1808 between the Long Bridge to Washington and the Little River Turnpike at . . . Map (db m59705) HM
60Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Mill — Early Engagement"A Skirmish at Arlington Mills"
On the night of June 1, 1861, a scouting party of Virginia militia attacked U.S. troops at Arlington Mill, which stood to your right. Co. E 1st. Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment was on picket duty at the mill guarding the Columbia Turnpike and . . . Map (db m206471) HM
61Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Mill — Flow Of Time
Four Mile Run winds through local history–and has been dramatically altered by human impacts. 1. For the region's first inhabitants, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provided transportation and an annual harvest of migratory . . . Map (db m151025) HM
62Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Ridge — 6 — Fort Scott
Historical Site Defenses of Washington 1861-1865 Fort Scott Here stood a detached lunette constructed in May, 1861, to guard the south flank of the defenses of Washington and named for General Winfield Scott, then General-in-Chief of the Army. . . . Map (db m5257) HM
63Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington Ridge — Hume School
The Hume School was built in 1891. The Queen Anne style building was designed by B. Stanley Simmons, an area architect. The school was named for Frank Hume, a local civic and business leader, who donated adjacent land for a playground. It was an . . . Map (db m134453) HM
64Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington View — Albert I. Cassell1895 - 1969
Albert Irvin Cassell designed the George Washington Carver Apartments, located on this site from 1943 to 2015. Cassell was a distinguished architect in the Washington, D.C. region known for his association with Howard University and his designs . . . Map (db m190466) HM
65Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington View — George Washington Carver Cooperative Apartments1943 - 2015
The George Washington Carver Apartments, on this site from 1943 to 2015, were named for the prominent African American scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver and designed by Albert I. Cassell, a distinguished African American architect . . . Map (db m190464) HM
66Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Arlington View — Harry W. Gray House
Harry W. Gray was born into slavery at Arlington House, where he learned to work with brick and stone. He built this two-story red brick townhouse in 1881 on an original ten acre homestead. The design was based on homes he had seen in Washington, . . . Map (db m69188) HM
67Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Ashton Heights — Buckingham
The Buckingham garden apartment complex was built in stages between 1937 and 1983. It represents a pioneering effort to provide rental housing through the use of "garden city" planning principles, mass production techniques and private capital. The . . . Map (db m56481) HM
68Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Ashton Heights — Maury School
The Clarendon Elementary School was built in 1910 to serve the growing Clarendon neighborhood. The two-story symmetrical building was designed with a central hall and four classrooms on each floor. The school was renamed in 1925 to honor Matthew . . . Map (db m49434) HM
69Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Aurora Highlands — Arlington County September 11, 2001 Memorial
This interim memorial is the first stage of the construction of a permanent memorial to honor and remember the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the worst terrorist attack on the United States. On that day, 16 . . . Map (db m198008) HM WM
70Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Barcroft — 29 — Barcroft
In 1880 Dr. John W. Barcroft rebuilt the Arlington Mill. The name of the railroad station here was subsequently changed from Arlington to Barcroft, and that became the name of the residential community which developed eastward along Columbia Pike. . . . Map (db m86142) HM
71Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Barcroft — Barcroft Community House
The Barcroft Community house was constructed in 1908 as a branch chapel of the Methodist church. It was sold in 1914 to the neighborhood civic association, the Barcroft School and Civic League. The building served as the Barcroft neighborhood public . . . Map (db m56472) HM
72Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Barcroft — Reeb Hall1949-2012 — Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington —
The Unitarian Church of Arlington (UCA), founded in 1948, had its first permanent home sited here. The first section (on the right) opened in 1949 and the second section in 1952, both designed by UCA member Earl B. Bailey, A.I.A. Active in the . . . Map (db m128220) HM
73Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Barcroft — 28 — The Arlington Mill
The land along Four Mile Run in this area belonged to George Washington and was known as Washington Forest. Later it became part of the Arlington estate. The Columbia Turnpike was built through here in 1808 to link the Long Bridge at Washington with . . . Map (db m56468) HM
74Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Barcroft — Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia Sanctuary
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia Sanctuary 1962 Entered in 2014 on the National Register of Historic Places United States Department of Interior Register of Historic Places Commonwealth of Virginia . . . Map (db m128219) HM
75Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bellevue Forest — Glenmore
Glenmore was built c.1906 as a summer and weekend retreat for the William F. Roberts family. It was designed by Washington, D.C. architect Appleton P. Clark. The original log construction and wood shingles have since been covered with stucco. The . . . Map (db m134966) HM
76Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bellevue Forest — History of the Nature CenterPotomac Overlook Regional Park — 50th Anniversary —
Potomac Overlook Regional Park was founded by NOVA Parks in 1971 with a 3-fold mission statement in mind: (1) preserve the land; (2) educate the public on natural and cultural history and (3) provide a natural setting for recreation and exercise. . . . Map (db m197942) HM
77Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Alice N. Nicolson
Founder/Organizer of the Shade Garden and Northern Virginia Master Gardener Program In Recognition and Grateful Appreciation for Her Wisdom and Unwavering Support for Over 30 YearsMap (db m163447) HM
78Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Arlington County in 1921 / John M. Walton, Architect
Arlington County in 1921 This 1921 aerial photograph shows the immediate surroundings and transportation networks of both the streetcar line and roads from Clarendon from Ballston. The Washington-Virginia Railway, successor to the Washington, . . . Map (db m145151) HM
79Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Ballston Metro / The Blue Goose
Ballston Metro The expansion of the Federal government and the increase of the population in the mid-20th century led to dramatic changes to the region. After the closure of the trolley lines in Arlington County, buses were the primary means of . . . Map (db m145152) HM
80Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Glebe Road & Ballston / Marymount University
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 . . . Map (db m145145) HM
81Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Lacey Car Barn
In 1896, the Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway began running electric trolleys from Rosslyn to Falls Church on the present routes of Fairfax Drive and I-66. By 1907, the line linked downtown Washington to Ballston, Vienna, and the Town of . . . Map (db m64845) HM
82Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Lest We Forget
Dedicated to our valiant and courageous men and women who bore the colors of their country in the conflict of World War II and as a living memorial to those who gave their lives that freedom might not perish from the earth.Map (db m163446) WM
83Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Peck Chevrolet
Bob Peck opened his first Chevrolet dealership in 1939 on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon. In 1964, he moved the dealership west to Ballston to the very prominent corner of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, 300 feet south of this marker. Taking . . . Map (db m64844) HM
84Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Southern-Shreve Cemetery
Five generations of the Southern, Shreve, and related families are interred in this burial plot. The Shreve family in Arlington dates from the arrival of Samuel Shreve from New Jersey about 1780. Shreve purchased a tract of land near Ballston in . . . Map (db m64878) HM
85Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — The Blue Goose
This site is where the distinctive "Blue Goose" building stood. While the origin of the moniker remains unknown, Arlingtonians recognized the building's atypical form and striking polychromatic blue metal panels. Well-known local architect John M. . . . Map (db m145144) HM
86Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Bluemont — Trolleys Come to Ballston / CIA Occupies the Building
Trolleys Come to Ballston The Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway (WA&FC) established an interurban electric trolley along the present route of Fairfax Drive in 1896. The WA&FC's Fairfax trolley line ran through this site to Clarendon . . . Map (db m145148) HM
87Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Bluemont Junction
In June 1945 the scene nearby would have included the multiple tracks, gas-electric combine, electric substation, and passenger station shown below. As of 1912 Bluemont Junction served as the hub of the multi-line Washington & Old Dominion Railway. . . . Map (db m24924) HM
88Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Bluemont Junction, ca. 1934
(Trail Side): Bluemont Junction began operation in 1912 as a part of the newly formed Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railway. The station was a busy transfer point for passengers and freight from Alexandria and Georgetown to points west, . . . Map (db m24988) HM
89Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — 23 — Civil War Outpost
In August 1861, while U.S. forces were constructing the Arlington line three miles to the east, the Confederates established a fortified outpost on the high ground about 200 yards west of here to guard the bridge by which the Georgetown-Falls Church . . . Map (db m160141) HM
90Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Named Stones (1989)J.W. Mahoney — engraved stones —
Arlington artist J.W. Mahoney was one of four sculptors to participate in Onsite: '89: Bluemont Park, Sculpture Project, a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. Although intended to be temporary, Mahoney's work, Named Stones, which . . . Map (db m214183) HM
91Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Named Stones (1989)J.W. Mahoney — engraved stones —
Arlington artist J.W. Mahoney was one of four sculptors to participate in Onsite: '89: Bluemont Park, Sculpture Project, a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. Although intended to be temporary, Mahoney's work, Named Stones, which . . . Map (db m214184) HM
92Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 8Southwest No. 8 Boundary Marker
The U.S. Government erected 40 sandstone markers on the boundaries of the District of Columbia in 1791 and 1792. The boundary survey was initiated by President George Washington and executed by Andrew Ellicott, who became Surveyor General of the . . . Map (db m154759) HM
93Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Reevesland
All of the surrounding land was once part of Reevesland, the last operating dairy farm in Arlington. Purchased in 1866 by William H. Torreyson, this 171-acre farm was run by the same family for 89 years. Torreyson's daughter Lucy, and her husband . . . Map (db m130994) HM
94Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Rosslyn Station
If you were a passenger on the Washington & Old Dominion Railway heading into Georgetown, you would first have to pass through Rosslyn, Virginia, a 15-minute train ride from here. The first Rosslyn Terminal dated from 1906, with the establishment . . . Map (db m24926) HM
95Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — The Great Falls LineThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park — Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority — Reported permanently removed
The Bluemont Branch of the Washington & Old Dominion was not the railroad’s only line. The Great Falls & Old Dominion Railroad arose in 1906 from the vision of two prominent men. Sen. Stephen B. Elkins of West Virginia had prospered through coal, . . . Map (db m24925) HM
96Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — The Great Falls LineWashington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park — Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority —
The Bluemont Branch of the Washington & Old Dominion was not the railroad's only line. The Great Falls & Old Dominion Railroad arose in 1906 from the vision of two prominent men. Sen. Stephen B. Elkins of West Virginia had prospered through . . . Map (db m214185) HM
97Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — The W&OD Railway and Jim Crow Laws
In 1900, the Virginia state legislature passed a law that required separation of races in public spaces. This included schools, restaurants, hotels and public transportation—which at that time was primarily the use of trains. This was nicknamed . . . Map (db m214186) HM
98Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Boulevard Manor — Tracks into HistoryThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad
The railroad that became the Washington & Old Dominion was born in Alexandria in response to the competition in shipping posed by the port in Baltimore, which was served by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The B&O was diverting farm produce from . . . Map (db m24920) HM
99Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Buckingham — Wright Park
This park is named for Henry Wright, born in 1878 in Lawrence, Kansas, and raised in a Quaker family. Wright's exposure to functional Quaker architecture and his father's position as a local city planner impacted his designs. He studied architecture . . . Map (db m69554) HM
100Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Cherrydale — Cherrydale
In 1893 a branch post office at Lee Highway and Pollard Street was named Cherrydale, with reference to Dorsey Donaldson’s large cherry orchard in back of the present firehouse. Quincy Street was then known as Cherry Valley Road. Settlement in this . . . Map (db m55731) HM

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Feb. 6, 2023