Cherrydale is a quiet, unassuming community located in north Arlington west of I-66 and north of the Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood. It is conveniently positioned near the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro stations served by the Orange and Silver lines. Cherrydale offers a few retail establishments along Lee Highway, but is mostly residential.
Settlement in this area began after the Civil War and was spurred in 1906 by the establishment of the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway Line. Cherrydale derives its name from a branch post office of the same name at Lee Highway and Pollard Street. It referred to Dorsey Donaldson’s large cherry orchard in back of the present firehouse. The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House was built in 1919 to serve as the home of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department. The Cherrydale Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Cherrydale consists of mostly single-family homes with a few townhomes, condos, and apartment buildings. Home styles include farmhouses, bungalows, “kit homes,” and tear-down new construction homes. Many Cherrydale homes date back to 1900-1930.
Cherrydale is home to three parks and countless trails for walking, running, playing, and cycling. The Cherrydale Fire House hosts many concerts throughout the year. Ample amenities are nearby, including grocery stores and local boutiques.
Cherrydale has a unique neighborhood feel, thanks in large part to the Cherrydale Citizens Association. It is the second oldest civic association in Arlington County, dating back to the early 1900s. It sponsors an annual Santa visit to the Cherrydale Fire House and a spaghetti dinner. There are also community picnics and 4th of July events.