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Arlington County, VA

Arlington County, VA


Arlington County, the smallest county in the United States, was originally a part of Washington D.C. In 1846, after a voter referendum, Congress voted to retrocede this part of Virginia back to the state as Alexandria County. In 1870, the City of Alexandria seceded from the county and the resulting confusion between Alexandria County and the city of the same name prompted the renaming of the county to Arlington County in 1920. The new name was taken from the Arlington House, home of the American Civil War general Robert E. Lee, which now sits on the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington County’s most popular tourist attractions are the Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, which is technically located within the county but is generally considered to be in Washington D.C.


Arlington Historical Museum

—The Arling-ton Historical Museum is owned and operated by the Historical Society and situated nearby the Pentagon. This two-story brick schoolhouse was built in 1891 and is the oldest standing school in Arlington County. The building is a Virginia State Historical Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Sites. An on-site museum is open to the public.


Arlington National Cemetery

—With more the 260,000 of our nation’s heroes buried here, Arlington National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the United States, and probably the best known. The cemetery lies directly across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. and next to the Pentagon. Veterans from every United States war are buried here—including those from the American Revolution, who had to be re-interred here after 1900, and those from current military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Within the cemetery, visitors can view the Tomb of the Unknowns, the USMC War Memorial—commonly known as the “Iwo Jima Memorial”—the Netherlands Carillon, the grave of President William Howard Taft and the grave of President John F. Kennedy—which is marked by the “Eternal Flame.”

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