Fairlington’s community of homes was built by the federal government’s Defense Homes Corporation as priority housing for military officers and key government employees. Today you can visit Fairlington’s Farmer’s Market on Sundays, April through November, for fresh produce, coffee and flowers. Look out especially for a chocolate croissant that will make you say ooh la la.
Fairlington is on the national register of historic places. Historical markers show the area was the site of Civil War Union fortifications: Fort Reynolds was built next to the present North Fairlington. Battery Garesche, created to control the higher ground dominating the fort, was at today’s South Abingdon Street at 30th Road. Although located in Virginia, which was a Confederate state in the Civil War, the area was never controlled by Confederate forces.
During the 18th century, John Carlyle owned most of what is now Fairlington. Around 1770, Carlyle established a plantation and constructed a large white house known as Morven in North Fairlington, which stood until 1942 and is long gone. George Washington also owned a small parcel in North Fairlington, now at South 28th Street.