Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Harry W. Gray House in Arlington View is on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architecture and its significance to local African American history. And now it's for sale for a mere $291,000.
The house was built in 1881 by Harry Gray, a bricklayer and a former slave in the Arlington household of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Despite the fact that the house stood alone on a 10 acre piece of farmland at the time, Gray built it in the Italianate style of fashionable townhouses he had seen in the District. The architecture was a statement about how far freed slaves had come since the Emancipation Proclamation.
"The dwelling represents the monumental shift from slaves to freedmen for African Americans in the years following the Civil War," a National Park Service document states. The house sits at present-day 1005 South Quinn Street, near Columbia Pike and adjacent to what was once a thriving Freedman's Village.
The house remains a sturdy structure, its longevity a testament to Gray's workmanship. Its yard is fairly well-kept, and the brick exterior itself doesn't look much older than other houses in the area . However, the interior needs some work thanks in part to what we're told is water damage under a second-floor wooden deck and some outdated fixtures (wood stove, anyone?).
That's not to imply that the interior is from the 19th century. Indeed, the house was largely gutted and renovated in 1979 after being sold by Gray's descendants.
"There's really nothing of significance left" inside, according to county historic preservation planner Rebeccah Ballo.
The home is a foreclosure. The bank took possession of the house late last year, county property records show. Also hurting the value of the home is the fact that the owner won't have much latitude to make changes to the exterior.
"Any change has to be reviewed by county Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board" to make sure it's "in keeping with the original architecture of the house," Ballo said. On the plus side, interior changes would not require approval.
For all the hassle, whoever buys the place will get a home much more unique than any similarly-priced studio condo in Clarendon.
"It's an important house and a really lovely one too," Ballo said.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Diversity Dialogue series this Saturday @ Drew Model School from 9-11:30
am. The dialogue is open to ALL Arlington County residents, however, all
Nauck residents, businesses and organizations are* STRONGLY* encouraged to
attend to add your voice to the vision of a united Nauck community which
will value all of its residents.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration is strongly encouraged. To register, click the link below:
For more information, contact nauckunited@... or call (703) 389-3432.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Thursday, March 17, Central Library
The next meeting of members of the Arlington Historical Society will be held Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. The meeting will feature a program entitled "Origins of the Civil War in Virginia." George W. Dodge, former President of the Society, will portray (in full uniform) Alexander Hunter, a Confederate soldier who was in the 17th Virginia Infantry and 4th Virginia Cavalry. The Hunter family lived on land that is now part of Washington National Airport. Hunter was a neighbor of Robert E. Lee, who resided at Arlington House, and author of "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank" and "The Huntsman of the South." Also appearing as part of the program will be Tom Dickinson, President of the Arlington Historical Society, and Craig Syphax, from the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. Tom and Craig are members of the Arlington County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.
Refreshments will be served.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The 2011 spring E-CARE event will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011. I'm
The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE)
gives residents a chance to safely get rid of hazardous materials like
paint, solvents and garden chemicals and to recycle electronics, bikes,
small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment.
E-CARE will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Thomas Jefferson
Middle School located at 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. The collection site will
be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. E-CARE is open to Arlington
residents only. Commercial or business waste will not be accepted. For
more information about E-CARE including details about acceptable items
visit the E-CARE Web page
alServicesEnvex.aspx> , check the attached flyer, or call 703.228.6832.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like
Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Commemorates the 150th
Anniversary of the Resignation of Robert E. Lee from the United States Army "I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home…"
April, 1861, Robert E. Lee made a gut wrenching decision to turn down command of federal troops and give up his U.S. Army commission to fight for his homeland - Virginia. April, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of that critical decision. It was one of the most pivotal decisions of the Civil War. As Lee rose to be the South's greatest general the U. S. Government seized his family's plantation and made it into the nation's most revered military burial ground – Arlington National Cemetery.
Join the National Park Service as it commemorates "Lee's Great Decision" with a series of special events and programs, April 16 – April 24, at General Lee's old home, Arlington House, in the center of
Arlington National Cemetery.
Two special evening programs will be conducted: the first, on Saturday, April 16, 7:00pm-10:00pm, will focus on the beginning of the Civil War and Virginia's secession from the Union that caused Lee's
resignation. This program will include talks, tours, music and a lecture by award winning Lee scholar, Elizabeth Pryor, author of "Reading the Man."
The second, on April 19, will be a vigil, 8:00pm-12:30am, marking the exact moment of when it is believed that Lee penned his resignation. Talks, tours, dramatic readings of Lee's letters, and a program of music will highlight the evening. Both programs are free but reservations are required. These events offer a rare opportunity for the public to tour the house at night and view the Washington, D.C. evening skyline from the finest vantage point in the area.
A lecture on "Southern Honor and the Election of Abraham Lincoln" by noted Civil War historian, Peter Carmichael, will be held at Arlington House on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00pm.
Additionally, special talks and tours will be conducted daily and a special exhibit of Robert E. Lee artifacts will be on display throughout the commemorative period. Park Rangers and volunteers will be in
the house and on the grounds to tell the story of the Custis and Lee families and the enslaved people of Arlington.
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial is a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Additional information is available on the internet at www.nps.gov/arho or by calling (703) 235-1530, Monday through Friday.