Stopping by to look at the historic markers of Virgini

Most people take for granted that the towns and cities where they live in have a very interesting history of how they came to be. I have lived in the same town on and off for 20 years and have rarely ever read the historical markers in my own town. Usually, I will read them if I’m driving down a highway somewhere, but it’s very interesting to note for example, the origins of Cherrydale, a neighborhood in Arlington very close to me, was named for a Sam Donaldson’s cherry orchard that existed near the firehouse and that Military Road was used to connect Cherrydale to the 2 military forts near the Chain Bridge.

Arlington west of Rosslyn was mostly a a streetcar suburb, where houses were mostly concentrated along where the Washington and Old Dominion trolley travelled. The Washington and Old Dominion line stopped at multiple locations including present day 4-Mile Run Drive, Lee Highway and Old Dominion Drives, leaving the area where I am currently living mostly rural about 60 years ago. It’s all very interesting to know the history of the ground you’re standing on


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