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Arlington is located on the west bank of the Potomac River, six miles south of Washington, D.C. and nine miles north of Mount Vernon.
Much of present-day Arlington was included in a 6,000-acre land grant from Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, which was awarded to Robert Howsing, an English ship captain, on October 21, 1669. This land overlapped a 700-acre patent that had previously been issued to Dame Margaret Brent in 1654. The Howsing tract extended along the Potomac River from Hunting Creek on the south to the Little Falls on the north. The grant was made by authority of King Charles II in recognition of Captain Howsing’s bringing 120 people to live in Virginia. Less than a month later, Howsing sold the land for 6,000 pounds of tobacco to John Alexander.
It is a solid community with good schools, parks, and a diversity of housing options.