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Book: Lost Arlington County




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.

Charlie Clark is a longtime journalist in the Washington, D.C. area who writes the weekly “Our Man in Arlington” column for the Falls Church News-Press. He has written Arlington County Chronicles and Hidden History of Arlington County, also for sale here on the AHS webstore.  He previously has worked as an editor or writer for the Washington PostCongressional QuarterlyNational Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Charlie is also a longtime member of the Arlington Historical Society and is on the Board of Directors.

  • Paperback: 191 pages with index
  • Publisher: The History Press, 2021

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