A new book chronicling Arlington’s history will be released on Monday, September 13. The book highlights places and stories that made Arlington what it is today but are no longer here. Learn more about our community and how it came to be through these places of yesterday.
Arlington began three centuries ago as the farm section of Alexandria County and emerged in the 1900s as a vibrant suburb of the nation’s capital. Global notice came after the creation and expansion of Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and Fort Myer, site of history’s first airplane casualty—September 17, 1908. Add in some modern marquee employers—PBS, WETA, Nestlé, the Foreign Service Institute and Amazon—and it’s a recipe for accelerating change. Unsurprisingly, residents are increasingly at odds over rising housing costs and demolitions of long-valued homes and businesses. A key to preserving Arlington’s character is a deeper knowledge of history. Local journalist and author Charlie Clark provides a compendium of gone-but-not-forgotten institutions, businesses, homes and amusements.
It is priced at $21.99 and can be ordered today from Arcadia Publishing.