May 4th, 2016
Much of Arlington’s development has come from its proximity to Washington, D.C., but the city and county of Arlington both have rich and proud histories all their own. Preserving that history is the mission of the Arlington Historical Society, an organization that has served the community for decades.
The Arlington Historical Society first opened its museum in a 19th-century brick schoolhouse just west of Virginia Highlands Park in 1960. Free and open to the public on weekend afternoons, the museum displays historical photographs, profiles of famous Arlington residents and artifacts from the Civil War. Rotating exhibits focus on topics like the architecture of Arlington, the history and culture of Native Americans of the region, and even the origins of the name "Arlington". On Saturdays, you can also visit the Historical Society’s Ball-Sellers house, the oldest residence in Arlington county, which illustrates what life in a typical home was like for an ordinary 18th-century Virginian.
Arlington Historical Society
1805 South Arlington Ridge Road
Arlington, VA 22202