5 Interesting Historic Houses In Arlington

Arlington County has around nine historic houses listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Here are five with quite some interesting history.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Formerly known as the Custis-Lee Mansion, this Greek revival mansion located in Arlington National Cemetery was once the home of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. During the Civil War, the government seized the property and turned it into a burial ground for the Union Army that Lee was fighting so hard to defeat.

Located in the Glencarlyn neighborhood, this is probably the oldest house in Arlington. The one-room log cabin was built in the 1740s by farmer John Ball after receiving a 166-acre land grant along Four Mile Run from Lord Fairfax. The home was later owned by William Carlin, an Alexandria tailor who included George Washington and George Mason among his clients.

  • George Crossman House–2501 N. Underwood St.

Constructed in 1892, this late Victorian farmhouse was built by George Grant Crossman who operated one of Arlington’s most successful dairy farms in the early 20th century. The house was part of a 60-acre land which is now the site of Tuckahoe Gardens subdivision, Tuckahoe Elementary School, and Bishop O’Connell High School.

  • Glebe House–4527 N. 17th St.

This picturesque home with a distinctive octagonal wing was owned by noted lawyer and diplomat Caleb Cushing between 1870 and 1878. It was built on the Glebe of Fairfax Parish lands which were set aside during colonial times for the Anglican Church.

  • Harry Gray House–1005 S. Quinn St.

This unique property was built by former slave Harry W. Gray IN 1881. It is a rare example of the brick rowhouse in the Italianate style and represents the monumental shift from slavery to middle-class citizenship for African Americans in the decades following the Civil War.

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