Hours: 1-4 pm on Saturdays from April through October and summer holidays: Memorial, Independence, and Labor Days.

Location: Ball-Sellers House at 5620 Third Street, South, Arlington VA 22204

Phone: 703-577-7042

Email: BSH@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org

The Ball-Sellers House, owned and operated by the Arlington Histori20130523-entering-cabin-garfieldcal Society, is located at 5620 Third Street South, in the Glencarlyn neighborhood of Arlington.  This farm cabin was built in the 1740’s by farmer John Ball and is the oldest structure in Arlington County.  Three generations of Carlin’s owned the house next, including the Glencarlyn namesake William Carlin who was a tailor for George and Martha Washington.  The house has been restored to its colonial era condition.

The last private owner was Marian Sellers who lived in the house as a child.  Sheast-sidee donated the house to the Society in 1975.  The building is designated a Virginia State Historical Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Docents discuss its owners as well as provide free tours of the farm cabin and the grounds on Saturdays (April through October) and on summer holidays from 1 – 4 p.m.  Free private group tours are available by appointment.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us please email BSH@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org

 

An Arlington Treasure: The Ball-Sellers House.  This short video takes you through the house, built in the 1750s, and discusses its owners as well as its role in Arlington’s history.

  • Written by Martha Orth
  • Narrated by Marcel Taube
  • Produced by Channel 31’s Robert Farr and Joan Orvis in cooperation with the Arlington Historical Society.

A Love Affair With an Old House: The Ball-Sellers House Story. here.

Martha Orth, who was a member of the team who accepted the house and helped restore it,  tells the story of the Ball-Sellers House at an AHS public program commemorating the 40th anniversary of the donation by Marian Sellers. The house was built by John Ball in the 1740s and donated to the Society by Marian Sellers in 1975. Mrs. Orth discussed how the house was acquired, how the Society preserved and restored it, and the history of the owners of the house through the centuries.

Read a Brief History of the House here.

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Directions to the Museum

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The Ball-Sellers House is in the Glencarlyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.

From Washington, DC:

  • Take Route 50 West to Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on South Third Street to 5620

From I-66:

  • Take Glebe Road South to Route 50 West
  • Take Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on Third Street South to 5620

From I-395:

  • Take Washington Boulevard to Route 50 West
  • Take Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on Third Street South to 5620

From the Capitol Beltway (I-495):

  • Take Route 50 East to Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on Third Street South to 5620