Northern Virginia was once mostly vast tracts of farmland, and that includes Arlington County too. The remnants of that era remain at Reevesland, Arlington’s last working dairy farm until 1955. But since Nelson Reeves died in 2000, the property has been dormant.
WAMU-FM’s Michael Lee Pope reports that the county bought the property with the intention of preserving it, but neighbors tell Pope that not much has changed. So the neighbors have come up with an idea to create a learning center about farming and local history, and that 600 people have signed a letter in support of it.
Pope reports that Arlington hopes to move forward on the idea soon. The original farmhouse is part of the small Reevesland historic district, overlooking Bluemont Park, just north of Route 50 off of North Montague Street. At one time the farm was 171 acres, which might be worth something in Arlington these days. You can read and hear the rest of Pope’s story here.
In December, an ad hoc Reevesland Study Committee produced a detailed report on the property.