The Arlington Historical Museum was built in 1891 as the Hume School, named for Confederate Colonel Frank Hume, who donated some of his property for the school. It is the oldest school building in Arlington County.
After undergoing some extensive renovation in the early 1960s, the two-story brick building was reopened as the Arlington Historical Museum. The building is designated a Virginia State Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Sites.
The museum features exhibits that tell the history of the County from Captain John Smith's encounter with Native America in 1608 to the Civil War with period memorabilia and artifacts to the letter exchange between some local students and Ronald Reagan after the assassination attempt.
Located at 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, near the Pentagon City and Crystal City metro stations, The Arlington Historical Museum is free and open to the public from Friday to Sunday from 1-4 pm.
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