With nearly 40,000 residents who represent 150 nationalities, you’ll find everything from international markets to Arlington’s largest concentration of ethnic restaurants. Having served as a major thoroughfare connecting the nation’s capital to Northern Virginia since 1810, the corridor epitomizes Arlington’s rich history and unique culture.
Visitors are fascinated by the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, which honors African American history in the county from slavery to freedom with exhibits, a monthly lecture series and an oral history program. The Penrose Historic District, settled at one time by large numbers of African Americans, features a range of dwelling styles, from the late-19th and early-20th-century vernacular to Queen Anne, Italianate and Colonial Revival farm dwellings. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.