Now, who doesn’t like a name like “Cherrydale”? It communicates the presence of a cherry grove that is located in a “dale” that is a broad valley. It isn’t listed in the Arlington Walkabouts directory, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make one up. Here is something that I didn’t know, but it is quite obvious. The center of Cherrydale is what someone calls “Fivepoints”. It is where Quincy Street, Military Road, and Old Dominion Road are divided by Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29) creating a five-stop intersection. It isn’t that easy to navigate in rush hour.
It is known for its old firehouse that was built in 1919, and now there is brand new one, Engine House #3, located adjacent the renovated Koon Arlington Toyota business.
Apparently the the Great Falls and Old Dominion rail line traveled through this location, giving rise to a community in the early 1900s.
Before the Civil War, there was a post office branch located here that served Dorsey Donaldson who had a large cherry orchard behind the firehouse. Quincy was called Cherry Valley Road. In 1861 the Army engineers cut Military Road through the area to connect the Forts: Fort Marcy and Fort Ethan Allen. Of course, Fort C. F. Smith was in the area as was Fort Strong. The military presence must have been quite strong and visible.
The Old Dominion rail line was given up in 1935 and gave way to the street and automobile traffic.
In case you have not visited here lately, the community has benefited from new commercial development with new condos and apartment buildings. To support this story, let’s take a hike through the neighborhood to see what’s there. (See the slideshow.)
The news is that there is a new Capital Bikeshare Station opening here. Warning: where there are dales, there are hills. If you are hiking or biking the neighborhood on the side streets, plan to get a good cardiovascular workout.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Join artists, musicians, citizens, businesses of the Cherrydale community and celebrate what makes this section of Arlington unique. Highlights include:
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the undergrounding of the wires along Lee Highway
- Unveiling and demonstrations of Cherrydale’s Capital Bikeshare station
- Scavenger hunt to collect samples and give-aways from participating businesses
- Demonstrations from dance, yoga and other Cherrydale talent
- Representation from local charities and supporters of the Cherrydale community
- Car-Free Diet will be there to join in the celebration.
Stop by and get transit, walk and bike info and you could win some fun prizes.
Saturday, May 31
Noon - 4:00 pm
N. Pollard Street to the Library