Local History

The War on Polio

The vaccine trial that curbed a nationwide epidemic started at Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

The vaccine trial that curbed a nationwide epidemic started at Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

Plane Spotting

How one Arlington bridge became a staple for plane-watching residents in the '20s (even if it wasn't always safe).

The 14th Street Bridge was a popular spot for plane-watching in the 1920s (even if it wasn’t always safe).

Inn Roads

Motor lodges epitomized luxury travel before Arlington’s skyline went vertical.

Motor lodges epitomized luxury travel before Arlington’s skyline went vertical.

What’s in a Name?

They form the lexicon of our streets, schools and other local landmarks. Here’s where these well-known monikers originated.

They form the lexicon of our streets, schools and other local landmarks. Here’s where these well-known monikers originated.

Bedrooms and Bungalows

Those charming older homes that give our neighborhoods so much character? Many of them came from mail-order catalogs.

Those charming older homes that give our neighborhoods so much character? Many of them came from mail-order catalogs.

Land of the Free

Before it became a final resting place, Arlington National Cemetery was a place of new beginnings for emancipated slaves.

Before it became a final resting place (Arlington National Cemetery), this spot was a place of new beginnings for emancipated slaves.

Holding The Line

Arlington saw no battles during the Civil War. But the thousands of Union soldiers who guarded its forts were ready.

Arlington saw no battles during the Civil War, but the thousands of Union soldiers who guarded its forts were ready.

Hidden in Plain Sight

From failed land deals to secret wartime hideaways, the ghosts of plantations past have many stories to tell.

From failed land deals to secret wartime hideaways, the ghosts of plantations past have many stories to tell.

Crossing The Divide

The desegregation of Stratford Junior High wasn’t a finish line in the march for civil rights. But it was a critical milestone.

The desegregation of Stratford Junior High wasn’t a finish line in the march for civil rights. But it was a critical milestone.