Arlington Historical Society

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1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA, USA

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Hume School Jan 11, 2015
The Arlington Historical Museum sits in an old schoolhouse that opened in 1891 in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood not far from the modern Pentagon Row shopping district. The Hume School lasted until the late 1950s before converting into a museum.

And it's really not much of a museum, just a handful of displays and a smattering of eclectic artifacts donated by locals. A few Civil War antiquities dug up in yards, the first television set bought in the county, some toys left over from the olden days. The volunteers who run it are very friendly and never asked for the $3 fee listed on the website. You can visit the school room on the second floor and ring the school bell. It takes about a half hour to see everything.

Just up the street is a tiny park on top of a ridge where once sat a plantation house and later a Civil War fort set up to defend Washington from Southern attack. Both are long gone, replaced by 20th-century apartment buildings. Yet the park provides a great view of the Pentagon building. It was from here that most of the images of the September 11th attack on the Pentagon were taken, one of the few areas with a direct line of sight to the section of the Pentagon struck by the plane.

The museum is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 - 4 p.m. Nothing to go out of your way to see, but interesting enough if you add a quick visit to Prospect Hill Park for some photos of the Pentagon and the nearby Air Force Memorial.
Hume School
Late for class
Civil War artifacts
Model of a typical defensive fort …
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spocklogic says:
Small, but some good Memorabilia to see there - Don't see old TV's like that often. That 'Cherry Smash' was new one to me too. All kinds of strange drinks originated during prohibition and are collectibles for people that like that era. I used to collect Breweriana (cans, bottles, trays, signs, etc) and had some small collection of prohibition items too. Interesting stuff.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2015
christine4321 says:
I love visiting the small historical buildings/museums.We have a few around here and each offers something different to see or learn about. Nice to see a write up about one!
Posted on: Jan 13, 2015
joehobo says:
Congratulations Bill .
Posted on: Jan 13, 2015
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