Explore Arlington's historical narrative of resiliency and triumph over the oppression of American slavery. Uplift.
Arlington, Virginia offers its own clarion call to remember a historical legacy, from the slaves who built Arlington House one brick at a time to the proprietors of the Fireside Inn. In 1880, African American travelers couldn’t stay at other area accommodations because of discrimination. The Fireside Inn welcomed travelers and provided a restaurant and lodging in the county where African Americans represented some 90 percent of the population. The original house is still visible on South Second Street, a testament to African Americans’ proud heritage in Arlington where true hospitality is an honored tradition. Arlington is the perfect home base to explore what it means to be an American: Journey through the lens of the African American experience by visiting the nearby Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. And bring remembrance alive for yourself and future generations by visiting Arlington’s historic landmarks and neighborhoods.