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Historical Sites & Landmarks Arlington, MA

April 9, 2021

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If you’re a history buff, you’re never without something to do in Massachusetts, as there is a wealth of historical sites and landmarks in Arlington, MA, you’re sure to enjoy. Many of these attractions are outdoors, so you might plan a visit during mild spring or summer months.

No matter the time of year you decide to visit some local sites, the city and its surrounding areas also offer lots of museums and other indoor activities to enjoy. If you’re scheduling a trip to Arlington or already live in the city, check out this quick list of historical sites and landmarks you don’t want to miss!

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Abingdon Plantation Historical Site

The Abingdon Plantation Historical Site is home to the once thriving Abingdon Plantation. Nelly Parke Custis Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington and step-granddaughter of George Washington, once lived on the plantation and is credited with introducing weeping willow trees to the land and, in turn, the entire country!

The site is now part of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and offers both indoor and outdoor attractions, including manicured grounds and museum artifacts. If you’re looking for a great diversion between flights or want to get away for a bit and watch the planes land while touring a bit of the country’s history, this is a must-see place! Find out more about the plantation

Arlington Historical Museum

If you love American history, you must visit the Arlington Historical Museum. During the COVID-19 shutdowns, the museum offered and continues to offer virtual tours of many of its exhibits including one dedicated to how Arlington residents battled the Spanish flu in 1918!

The museum also houses letters written to former teacher Sally Loving. Teaching from 1925 until her retirement in 1962, many of Ms. Loving’s students went on to join the military, especially after the outbreak of World War II. Those students would often write back to Ms. Loving and she would respond, and kept all their letters over the years, many of which are now on display in the museum.

The Arlington Historical Museum offers many other permanent and temporary displays. To find out more including admission times and prices, and to check current COVID-19 restrictions, visit the website

The Fort Ward Museum

Located in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, the Fort Ward Museum is worth the short drive! This museum offers lots of exhibits for Civil War and history buffs alike, including bus tours and reenactments throughout the year.

The museum also offers a glimpse into the everyday life of Civil War soldiers and military encampments at the time. To find out more including updates on COVID-19 closures and virtual tours, visit the website

Greater Boston Kitchen Remodeling is proud to offer this information to our visitors and especially proud of the work offered by our kitchen remodeling contractors in Arlington, MA. With so much to see and do in this great metropolis, we know that you have better things to do with your weekend than trying to manage your own kitchen renovation!

It’s also important that you come home from hours of sightseeing to a space you love, and that includes your kitchen. If you’re considering a kitchen renovation for your home or know it needs an update but aren’t sure where to start, give us a call. We offer FREE consultations and guaranteed satisfaction with every project. 

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