- History of Arlington County
- Historic Sites
- Why Do They Call It…?
- Other Resources
- Events Calendar
Posts by author:
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) will be held Friday, May 31, 2013 in the Holiday Inn (Rosslyn) at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David [...]
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 [...]
April 6: The USS Arlington will be commissioned in Norfolk. Get tickets now or donate to finish equipping the “Tribute Room” a memorial to those who perished on 9/11 in the Pentagon at: http://ussarlingtonlpd24.org/ Thank you Carla de la Pava, the chief deputy treasurer of Arlington County, for coming to talk with the AHS Board!
February 9: Genealogy Workshops Sponsored by: Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial In recognition of African American History Month, Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, announces two special genealogy workshops. A children’s genealogy workshop entitled “What Did You Say, Grandma?” will be held from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. This workshop will be [...]
Crime. Corruption. Murder. Arlington County once had it all. Now, the forgotten story of Crandal Mackey is finally revealed in “Shotgun Justice: One Prosecutor’s Crusade Against Crime and Corruption in Alexandria and Arlington.” The author is Michael Lee Pope, last year’s winner of the Alexandria Historical Society History Award and ‘star reporter’ for the Alexandria [...]
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.
To donate an item please Contact us; otherwise to make a cash donation please click the button below.
VolunteerThe Arlington Historical Society is currently seeking volunteers to help with the following areas:
- Docent at one or both museums
- IT or web support
- Public programs
- Student educational programs
- Historic property maintenance and preservation
- Research on local history
- Historic collections management
- Fund raising
Join the Arlington Historical Society
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.
Check out our latest news and programs on our Facebook page
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