Rosslyn has served as a proud gateway into Arlington dating back to the colonial era, when Awbrey’s Ferry took passengers across the Potomac from Georgetown. The community that developed along the shore took its name from Ross Lynn, a local farm. Metrorail arrived in the late 1970s, cementing the area as a transportation hub. Today, Rosslyn is undergoing a second boom, with bold skyscrapers, majestic vistas, cultural and recreational attractions and plenty of transit options attracting more and more residents and visitors every day.
Length: Approximately 1 mile
Terrain: Hilly, with some stairways, skywalks and building interiors
The neighborhoods of Courthouse and Rosslyn are mapped as separate Walkabout routes but there are several unmapped blocks between the two routes (stretching between Courthouse Road on the west and North Pierce Street on the east) that include these points of interest:
Fort Strong historical marker (Lee Highway and North Adams St.)
Dawson Terrace Community Center and Park (2133 N Taft St.)
Colonial Village (1702 N. Troy Street)
National Register of Historic Places. Affordable housing, public health, environmental protection, community center activities, civic engagement, etc. have played a part in making Colonial Village a sustainable community in Arlington County since the 1930s
Key Elementary School English-Spanish language immersion school for kindergarten through grade 5
Acknowledgements: Created with Rosslyn Renaissance and the Rosslyn BID
Rosslyn News You Can Use
Stop #7 on the Rosslyn Walkabout takes walkers to the garage where Watergate informant Mark Felt revealed the secrets that brought down a president. Now there’s also a plaque to mark the site. Historical Marker Installed Outside ‘Deep Throat’ Garage, August 17, 2011, ARLnow
Board Endorses Approach to Refining Long-Range Plan for Rosslyn – The County Board endorsed a new planning effort for Rosslyn designed to resolve persistent planning problems that have posed obstacles to transforming the neighborhood into more vibrant place to live, work and play. Community engagement is a key part of planning effort. June 14, 2011, Arlington, Virginia
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- Terri Prell
- December 30, 2011, 10:30 AM
Rosslyn has some wonderful public art and it should be included in your walk highlights.Check arlingtonarts.com for Public art locations or the Rosslyn BID for their map of public art walks.