Hours: Saturday 1-4 p.m. (April through October)
Phone: 703-942-9247
Ball-Sellers House-20120405
5620 Third Street, South, in the Glencarlyn neighborhood of Arlington County.

The oldest house in Arlington County, the c.1750s Ball-Sellers House built by John Ball is a rare example of the dwelling of the ordinary person during the 18th century. It features a rare surviving clapboard roof, as documented by noted architectural historian Dell Upton.

We are open April through October on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. We also welcome your school or group to tour this Arlington treasure by appointment. There is no admission fee (but a donation is always appreciated).  If you are interested in a tour please e-mail us at info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org and put Ball-Sellers House in the subject line.  You may also arrange a visit by calling the Arlington Historical Society and leaving us a message at 703-942-9247.

In 2015 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of accepting the house from the owner Marian Rhinehart Sellers. Check here for upcoming details.

Read a Brief History of the Ball-Sellers House >

View an 8:00 minute video > “An Arlington Treasure: The Ball-Sellers House,” written by Martha Orth, narrated by Marcel Taube, and produced by Channel 31’s Robert Farr and Joan Orvis in cooperation with the Arlington Historical Society. This short video takes you through the house, built in the 1750s, and discusses its owners as well as its role in Arlington’s history.

In addition, you can view a presentation of “A Love Affair With an Old House: The Ball-Sellers House Story” with Martha Orth here.  This public program – held on July 16 at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium – was part of commemoration to honor the 40th anniversary of the donation by Marian Sellers.  The house was built by John Ball in the 1740s and donated to the Society by Marian Sellers in 1975.  Mrs. Orth shared how the house was acquired, how the Society preserved and restored it, and the history of the owners of the house through the centuries.

See the Virginia Landmarks Register nomination >

Also, see what the National Trust for Historic Preservation has to say >

Directions:

The Ball-Sellers House in Arlington, Virginia, is a short distance from Washington, DC.

From Washington, DC:

  • Take Route 50 West to Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on South Third Street to 5620

From I-66:

  • Take Glebe Road South to Route 50 West
  • Take Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on South Third Street to 5620

From I-395:

  • Take Washington Boulevard to Route 50 West
  • Take Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on South Third Street to 5620

From the Capitol Beltway (I-495):

  • Take Route 50 East to Carlin Springs Road exit
  • Go south on Carlin Springs Road for three blocks
  • Turn left on Third Street S. to 5620

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