Walk through a portion of the extensive lands owned by George Washington in Virginia. Though he purchased this tract in 1775, the American Revolution broke out and Washington was kept away leading the Continental Army for the next eight years. Only when the war was over and Washington returned to his beloved home in Northern Virginia was he able to survey the property that he had purchased. Washington continued to own the land at the time of his death in 1799 and afterwards it became known as “Washington’s Forest.”
Highlights of our walk will include a section of the trunk of an oak tree that George Washington used as a survey marker for the northernmost point, the site of Arlington Mill, a nature center, and a tour of the oldest house in Arlington. We'll walk mostly on paved trails. After the walk, refresh yourself at Atlacatl Restaruant and Pupuseria (http://www.yelp.com/biz/atlacatl-and-pupuseria-arlington). Meet on the north side of Columbia Pike on the W&OD Trail (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=s+four+mile+run+drive+and+columbia+pike,+arlington,+va&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=us&ei=1u1uSuDDI9mBtgexjfTeCA&z=16).
Transportation: This location is easily accessible by bus and bicycle. By bus: Get off the metro at Pentagon City. After you go past the farecard machines turn right, walk down the hall, go up escalator. At top, wait for bus. Get on pretty much any bus as long as it is 16 followed by a letter. You want to get off at S Four Mile Run Drive. There is a Goodwill store across the street from where you want to get off. Bicycle: Both the Four Mile Run Trail and the W&OD go through here. There is a bicycle rack on the south side of Columbia Pike (across from where we meet). Auto: You can also drive; street parking may be available on Arlington Mill Dr or elsewhere.
Please bring cash for a donation to the Ball-Sellers House as well as for the the post-walk meal.