5620 South Third Street , Arlington, VA, USA
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Ball-Sellers House Arlington Reviews
Ball-Sellers House Jul 15, 2012
The oldest residential house in Arlington, the Ball-Sellers House began as a log cabin built by farmer John Ball around 1750. He expanded it by building a clapboard addition that covered the original cabin. The property was sold to William Carlin, George Washington's tailor, as a summer retreat. The Carlin family added an addition in the 19th century before selling off the land circa 1890 that became Glencarlyn, the oldest residential neighborhood in the county. The house looks like a typical older home in the area until you go inside, where openings in the walls reveal the original log cabin hidden within. A volunteer docent showed me around the property and explained its long history. Period furnishings, creaky floorboards and the old attic transport you back to 18th-century Virginia despite its location in the heart of Northern Virginia. The house is open on Saturday afternoons spring through fall, though the larger Victorian addition is closed to the public.
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