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ARLINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL BANQUET: May 31 “Spies Next Door” at the Key Bridge Holiday Inn. CIA Chief Historian to Deliver Keynote Address. The Arlington Historical Society (AHS) announced its annual membership banquet, to be held Friday, May 31, 2013 in the Shenandoah Room of the Holiday Inn (Rosslyn) at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. [...]
On Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. take an easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles to visit Central Arlington’s Historic Landmarks with the Center Hiking Club. Start at the Clarendon Metro Station (Top of Escalator. S.W. Corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Highland St.) Visit parks and historic sites in Clarendon, Ballston, Glencarlyn, and the [...]
Look for the Arlington Historical Society’s table at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park Open House on Saturday May 11 from 1-4 pm. Our Museum Curator, Dr. Mark Benbow will be on hand to show some Arlington historical artifacts and talk to visitors about the history of the park. Click here for event details: http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/2246.
On May 9, at 7:00 pm, at the Arlington Public Library, AHS will host local historian and author Carole Herrick who will talk about her book Ambitious Failure: Chain Bridge, the First Bridge Across the Potomac River. Herrick’s book details the construction of Chain Bridge – the 8th bridge to span the river between Virginia [...]
The Arlington Historical Society invites you to a walking history tour of George Washington’s Forest on Saturday May 4, starting at 1:30 pm at the Ball-Sellers House Museum at 5620 Third Street, South in Glencarlyn. George Washington owned property throughout Virginia including land in present-day Arlington. He purchased 1200-acres in 1775 and after the Revolutionary [...]
Support the Arlington Historical SocietyThe AHS does not receive government funding and relies solely on membership dues and donations to support the the Arlington Historical Museum, Hume School, and Ball-Sellers House.
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- Historic Property Maintenance
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The Arlington Historical Society of Arlington County, Virginia invites you to support local history today by becoming a member, attending one of our fun and informative programs, and visiting our Arlington Historical Museum and Historic Ball-Sellers House.
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Arlington Historical Society
The Arlington Historical Society (AHS)Founded in September 1956, is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Virginia and operated for literary and educational purposes that support research, collection, preservation, discovery, restoration and dissemination of the local history of Arlington County, Virginia.
Visit the Arlington Historical Museum
Arlington Historical Museum
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
The Arlington Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Historical Society, is located at 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, close to the Pentagon City and Crystal City metrorail stations. The two-story brick structure was built in 1891 as the Hume School, named for Frank Hume who gave some of the property for the school. It is the oldest school building in Arlington County.
Visit the Ball-Sellers House Museum
Hours: Saturday 1-4 pm
(April through October)
In the mid 1700s, a farmer named John Ball built a one-room log cabin with a loft in what is now Arlington. Later he added a lean-to and covered the structure with clapboard. Amazingly, this cabin survives today and is a rare example of the dwelling of the ordinary farmer during the Colonial Era. The oldest home in Arlington, the house was donated to the Society in 1975 and is open free to the public.
- An Adventuress in Arlington January 3, 2012Princess Agnes Salm-Salm. The story of Princess Agnes Salm-Salm mixes myth and fact. Agnes Elizabeth Winona Leclerc Joy was born in Franklin, Vermont, on December 25, 1844, the daughter of General William Leclerc Joy. Agnes is described as a beautiful red-haired Indian woman, who worked in a circus as an equestrienne and an actress in Cuba, rode with her hus […]
- An Adventuress in Arlington January 3, 2012