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Clarendon VA in Arlington County VA has transforming over the last 300 years from a primeval forest to the busy downtown as we know Clarendon today, it has gone through many changes. Modernizing in 1913 with electricity, gas and water available to all its residents, going through the prohibition of 1920 and then the creation of the actual downtown with three general stores, several specialty shops and the county’s first oyster bars, Clarendon continued to be a popular retail shopping area into the 50’s.
Clarendon VA was originally owned by one of America’s founding fathers, George Mason and his son John. It was a territory for prominent landowners. John owned the parcel that is now known as lower Clarendon until 1830. Robert Cruitt purchased over 400 acres of this in 1847. His home was used as a hospital during the Civil War and later turned into a dairy farm. Mary Nesmith bought 25 acres in 1897, later being sold to Robert Treat Pain, a gentleman who had great influence on the future of Clarendon, in 1900. The “Town of Clarendon” was officially dedicated on March 31st that year. Its name is believed to come from Mr. Pain’s original Boston address of Clarendon Avenue. The introduction of a trolley with a direct connection to Washington D.C. lured many to this growing area. By the year of 1920, the town had over 2,000 residents.
Clarendon Metro Stop Opened in Early 1980’s
In the early 1980’s, Clarendon Metro station was opened with its access to Washington D.C. and its metropolitan area. It created an area that became a very popular spot of people throughout the DC metropolitan area to visit. Within walking distance of the station, many trendy bars, unique shops and ethnic restaurants opened up giving it an eclectic feel. They have achieved quite the reputation for great fun, lively bars and good times. Later, there was an addition of a stop at Wilson Boulevard. With Clarendon’s continued growth, upscale chain stores, luxury apartments and office buildings are being continually added to their landscape.
Clarendon is Known as a Social Gathering Spot
Hosting several County-wide and local events, Clarendon has grown into quite the social gathering place. They bring a lot of pride into their Mardi Gras parade and Tax Blues Night, along with Arlington’s Neighborhood Parade, held on the second Saturday in May. Their largest event being “Clarendon Day”, is a day of celebration, honoring their neighborhood and the people who make it such a great place to live. Featuring four live music stages, numerous booths including everything from food to collectible antiques,children’s activities and games, fair rides and an ice cream eating contest. Clarendon also continues to be the location for Washington D.C. Region’s Premier Professional Cycling Event, the CSC Invitational, which is one of the largest one day amateur and professional bike races in the United States. These events bring a sense of camaraderie and welcome that strongly prevails in this community.
In Clarendon’s many tree-lined streets with their 20th-century homes, you will find Central Park. Located in the heart of the city, this a one acre park boasts the War Memorial. Serving as a memorial to all of the Arlington citizens who have gave their lives in wartime. This venue also has a farmer’s market on Wednesday afternoon’s featuring homemade baked goods, locally grown plants and herbs plus a wide selection of organic produce for sale. Being known for more of its homegrown businesses, this makes Clarendon shopping scene quite unique and varied.
With safe and stable neighborhoods, access to the Metro and multiple community events, it’s no surprise that this area is attracting more and more people. Even as it grows, Clarendon retains its unique individuality as a young, fun and exciting urban village, offering great opportunities to live, work and play there.
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