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    Sites and properties

    The Arlington Historical Society owns two properties: the Arlington Historical Museum and the Ball-Sellers House.

    This site also has a list of the historic markers, districts, and properties in the county.

    Walking tour

    Kevin Vincent has prepared a walking tour of George Washington’s holdings in Arlington. (You can also ride your bike.)

    Snapshots of history

    Here you'll find several articles that can help you get started in learning about Arlington history.

    The “Arlington connection”: how did Arlington get its name?
    A military history of Army-Navy Drive
    Civil War events in Arlington
    The Library of Congress' American Memory project has several maps of Arlington:
    Plan of the city of Washington and territory of Columbia
    Includes illustrations of the Capitols at Richmond and Washington.
    District of Columbia
    Shows major streets and buildings. Indexed for points of interest.
    Detailed map of part of Virginia from Alexandria to the Potomac River above Washington, D.C. 186-
    Shows parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, part of the defenses of Washington, roads, railroads, towns, vegetation, houses, fences, names of residents, and drainage.

    The USS Arlington was named in honor of our county. Visit her site to read all about it.

    Historic Arlington

    Originally published as a booklet by the Arlington County Bicentennial Task Force in recognition of 200 years of community.



    1. Native Americans of the area
    2. Early settlement
    3. Alexandria County, District of Columbia
    4. The Arlington estate
    5. The Arlington line
    6. Suburban Alexandria County
    7. Arlington County in transition
    8. Urban Arlington County
    9. Preserving Arlington’s heritage

    Arlington Historical Society Magazine

    List of AHS Magazine article authors

    Links to local resources

    Arlington history Arlington attractions What's going on?
    Community resources Neighborhoods County government
    In the news Regional attractions

    Arlington Historical Society
    P.O. Box 100402, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3402

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