What makes Barcroft a special neighborhood in Arlington?
Quietly tucked away near some major Arlington crossroads (Route 50, George Mason and Columbia Pike), Barcroft is a hidden neighborhood convenient for commuters but with a small community feel.
In the heart is the Barcroft Community Center, a historic landmark constructed in 1908 originally as a church and sold to the Barcroft School and Civic League in 1914. The Barcroft School and Civic League website states, “Today it is Arlington’s last remaining one-room schoolhouse — a living tribute to the sleepy, rural place that Arlington once was. Over a century later, it remains the heart of the community — its ownership shared by the members of the BSCL, it is where the neighborhood meets to celebrate, learn, and conduct business.”
Known for being a friendly neighborhood, Barcroft sponsors a number of community events including: “its annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community first developed here over 100 years ago. (source: www.bscl.org).” Most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1930-1970 era with some new home builds recently, including condominiums and apartments.
Also nearby is Columbia Pike, with many shops and restaurants and the newly-built Centro anchored by a Harris Teeter, and Route 50 with many more amenities. On the eastern border of Barcroft is the wonderful Alcova Heights Park — a 13-acre park that includes a playground, baseball field, basketball court and sand volleyball court. On the southwestern border is the beautiful Four Mile Run Park which runs parallel to the Four Mile Run stream and connects to the W&OD Trail.
Interestingly, the name does not derive from its length which is actually 9.4 miles long and takes you all the way to the Shirlington business district.
Connect with neighborhood experts Susan Sarcone and Mitchell Schneider to learn more about Barcroft and other surrounding areas!
Important Barcroft (and Nearby) Neighborhood Resources
- Barcroft School and Civic League
- Four Mile Run Park
- Alcova Heights Park
- Barcroft Elementary School
- Crystal Thai Restaurant
- Cafe Sazon
- Atlacatl Restaurant
- Orange Theory Fitness
- Columbia Pike Partnership
- Arlington’s Car Free Diet
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