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Old houses in Arlington near the trail

Mile 1.7 Sears house - the Crescent model 1926 on S. 8th St. between Taylor and Wakefield Directions not available.

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Mile 2.3 -- Ball-Sellers House, 5620 3rd St. South. 1742 Arlington's oldest residence. The original house is the lower section to the left. It was a log cabin that was later covered with siding. It faces away from 3rd Street. The two-story portion to the right was added about 1885. On the east wall
Ball-Sellers House, Mile 2.3  
(the one facing left) you can see a cutout showing the original logs. The original roof, which was of clapboard construction rather than shingles or shakes, was covered by adding a completely separate second roof above it. The house was donated by the Sellers family to the Arlington Historical Society in 1975. It is occupied by a caretaker for the society, and the interior may be seen by calling ahead to (703) 379-2123. (If this number does not work, check with the museum staff to find out if it has been changed.)National Register of Historic Places

Mile 2.9 at Carlin Springs Road -- Mary Ball House, 5512 North Carlin Springs Road. c. 1800. Built by William Carlin, held by his spinster daughter until 1905. Log cabin. Instead of going under Carlin Springs Road, exit from the trail, and turn east 200 yards. Arlington County Historic Marker

Mile 4.9 at Bike Bridge over I-66 -- Maple Shade, 2230 N. Powhattan. 1851 During the Civil War, Union cannon fire hit this house. Take bike bridge over I-66, two blocks on Quantico Street, cross Washington, right on 22nd St. N., left on bike path which becomes Powhattan. Several blocks off trail, but worth it.

Mile 5.4 Sears Kit House, Windsor Model 1914 Underwood St., one block off trail from overlook of East Falls Church Metro, c. 1930

Mile 5.6 -- Kimball House, 1945 Vanderpool Street. c. 1900In March, 2000 this old house got a new lease on life when it was moved one-half block, back to a residential neighborhood. Notice its stained-glass windows and fish-scale siding.

Mile 5.7 at Lee Highway -- Eastman-Fensick House, 6733 Lee Highway. 1876 Albert Eastman
Eastman House, Mile 5.7  
built this house from plans he drew. The plans exist today. The house remains in excellent condition with original moldings, flooring and shutters. Surrounded by a sea of townhouses. Ascend Lee Highway over I-66 one block; partially visible from trail; adjacent to First Virginia Bank.

Related Sites

Arlington Heritage Alliance, a private group with ties to the government of the County.
Arlington County Historic Preservation Program, a very interactive web site. It allows you to search. Click on the "Inventory of Historic Resources," for example.
Arlington - East Falls Church Civic Association



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