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A History of the Boundaries of Arlington County, Virginia by Office of the County Manager

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Office of the County Manager Arlington, Virginia 1967

[Illustration: THE BOUNDARIES OF ARLINGTON 1791 1801 1846 1870 1875 1915 1929 1936 1946 1966]


This collection of documentary references to the boundaries of Arlington County was first published in 1957. This new edition contains revisions made in the light of fuller knowledge, and brings the story up to date by taking account of the change in the common boundary with the City of Alexandria which went into effect on January 1, 1966.

This pamphlet can serve as a guide for those who need to know what jurisdiction covered this area at any particular time. It provides information for the student as well as the title searcher in fact, for anyone interested in the history of what is now Arlington County.

[Illustration: Signature of Bert W. Johnson]

Bert W. Johnson County Manager

A History of The Boundaries of Arlington County, Virginia



Introduction Arlington County Today 1

1608 1789 2 The Charters of James I to the Virginia Company Charles I Charter to Lord Baltimore The Counties of the Northern Neck of Virginia

1789 1847 3 Into the District of Columbia: Cession of 1789 Location of the Federal District Out of the District: Acts of 1846 In Virginia Once More, 1847

ARLINGTON'S BOUNDARY WITH THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA 14 Establishment of Alexandria as a Town Territorial Accretions of Alexandria to 1870 County City Separation, 1870 Annexations by Alexandria from Arlington, 1915 and 1929 Readjustment of Boundaries, 1966

ARLINGTON'S BOUNDARY WITH THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 24 Boundary of Commission of 1935 Acts of 1945 and 1946

POSTSCRIPTS TOWNS IN ARLINGTON COUNTY 27 The Town of Falls Church The Town of Potomac No More Towns



A History of The Boundaries of Arlington County, Virginia

It is one of those paradoxes so characteristic of Arlington that the area composing the County did not exist as a separate entity until it was ceded by Virginia to form part of the District of Columbia. The Act by which the Congress of the United States took jurisdiction over this area directed that that portion of the District which had been ceded by Virginia was to be known as the county of Alexandria.[1] (It was not until 1920 that it received the name of Arlington.)[2]

[1] Acts of Congress, February 27, 1801 and March 3, 1801. U.S. Stat. at Large, Vol. 2, pp. 103, 115.

[2] Acts of Assembly, 1920, Chapter 241.

The present boundaries of Arlington may be described as: Beginning at the intersection of Four Mile Run with the west shore line of the Potomac River, westwardly, in general along the line of Four Mile Run, without regard to its meanders, intersecting the south right of way line of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, then 1,858.44 feet to where the center line of Shirlington Road intersects the said south right of way line; thence south and slightly east to the center line of Quaker Lane, then following the center line of Quaker Lane to a point short of Osage Street in Alexandria where it moves to the north line of Quaker Lane; thence to the east right of way line of Leesburg Pike (King Street); thence with this line to the east side of 30th Street, South, in Arlington, northeast on 30th Street, South, to the circle; around said circle to the north side of South Columbus Street, along this line to 28th Street, South, returning for a short distance to Leesburg Pike, jogging east and north to 25th Street, South, and then back to Leesburg Pike; thence along the Pike to the common boundary of Alexandria and Fairfax; thence northeast along the former Alexandria Fairfax boundary until it intersects the original boundary between Arlington and Fairfax; thence due northwest to a stone and large oak tree approximately 200 feet west of Meridian Avenue (North Arizona Street); thence due northeast to the shore of the Potomac; thence along the mean high water mark of the shore of the Potomac River, back to the point of beginning... Continue reading book >>

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