Arlington decides Reevesland dairy farm's future
- We used to make dairy, now we just look pretty. (Source: Arlington County Public Library)
Modernity would be empty without museums to remind us how modern we are, and Arlington's about to get another one.
Before high-rise condominiums, bad drivers, and bumper-to-bumper traffic on Arlington Boulevard, the city was home to cows, milkmen, and farms — including a 160-acre dairy farm operated by the Reeves family from the 1860s to the 1950s. Now, Arlington is deciding what to do with Reevesland, the remaining 2.48-acre farm at 400 North Manchester Street that the county purchased for $1.8 million in 2001.
"The really unique thing about this place is that when you're sitting on the front porch looking down towards the park, you can still understand Arlington as a rural area," Arlington historic preservation coordinator Michael Leventhal told WAMU.
Community-members are proposing the property be turned into a learning center to teach about farming and its history. Sounds reasonable enough. But we've got a much more profitable idea: a FarmVille theme park. And we'll accept 25 percent of the profits, thank you very much.
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