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Book: Village and the Pike


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Subtitled: “An oral history of Arlington Village and Columbia Pike to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Arlington Village, 1939-2014” this book is edited by Virginia Lillis Smith.  Arlington Village originated as a 53-acre planned community of garden apartments along the main street of South Arlington, Virginia. It had parkland and a small shopping center.  It was a garden apartment complex built in 1939 in response to the housing shortage for the families coming to nearby Washington, DC for the build up to WW II.  Built in the Colonial Revival style, by the developer Gustav Ring and architect Harvey Warwick,  it was situated along Columbia Pike it was well poised to watch Arlington grow and flourish.

This book tells the story of the first generation of residents who lived there through the war years from 1939 to 1961. It includes 48 pictures from private collections showing daily life within a strong community.  The author has interviewed business leaders of that era and many children who grew up in the Village, as she did.  It includes stories of kids playing as cowboys, roller skating, spending time in the creek, acorn battles, the ritual of going every Saturday to the local movie theater, first jobs, and cotillion club.  It was a great time to be a kid, a much different childhood than children have today. This book celebrates the 75th anniversary of Arlington Village in 2014.

  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Virginia Lillis Smith, 2014

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