Before the horseless carriage began its domination and surrendered horse travel to more recreational rather than neccessity, many cities across the United States had an ever growing network of trolleys. First powered by horse (horse-cars) then when the electrical grid developed, overhead wires replaced horsepower with electric power. Fort Myer was no exception. In the 1890s, a horsecar entered the Post from the Rosslyn area about where Wright Gate stands and went along Arlington National Cemetery's wall up the hill to the depot near where the Old Post Chapel would eventually be built. Passengers woulld either be coming to visit Arlington National Cemetery or Fort Myer. The line was a spur of the Washington Arlington & Falls Church Railway (WA&FC). A depot stood across the way from the Post's Hospital (which later became Post Headquarters). The line would become electrified and extend ultimately to Nauck. Little remnant of the trolley remains today... only in the minds of those who've read about this wonderful means of transport of old.
The Custis-Lee Estate consisted of 1,100 acres of land which from the high ground, one has a panoramic view of the nation's Capital. That still is the case when one stands in front of Arlington House, also known as the Custis-Lee Mansion or on what is currently Whipple Field within present day Fort Myer it was the site of Fort Whipple. According to sources, the high ground originally consisted of orchards. Those 1,100 acres also contained some great flatland near the Potomac River where the Custis-Lee's farmed growing crops for use within the estate and to sell in the neighboring City of Alexandria and markets within Washington DC. The book "Images of America - Fort Myer" contains over 200 historic photographs that provide an insight to this outstanding US Army Post with orgins from the Custis-Lee estate built during the US Civil War and first known as Fort Whipple. Please sign up below to get announcements of more in-depth views and insights about Historic Fort Myer, Virginia
When most people hear the name Fort Myer, they don't think Virginia, but a place much further south in the United States. The other location is an attractive place for tourism and nearby beaches with palm trees on the Gulf of Mexico. This other location WAS an US Army Fort built in 1850 as a military fort in response to Seminole Indians that were in conflict with the area's few settlers. So the confusion continues... perhaps once people begin reading the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" they'll get a better understanding that Fort Myer is in Virginia (first named Fort Whipple during the US Civil War) and is home to the US Army Band - "Pershing's Own", the US Army's 3d Infantry Regiment - "The Old Guard". The fort is located right next to Arlington National Cemetery. It was named after General Albert J. Myer, the US Army's first Signal Officer, the inventor of the wig-wag signaling method (the insignia of the US Army Signal Corps are a pair of crossed Wig-Wag Flags), who also started the National Weather Service. Today, Fort Myer, Virginia with over a century of service to the United States of America is as an outstanding US Army Post, defending the Nation's Capital - Washington, DC with origins during the US Civil War. Many more events and people who were stationed there have had major influences on the United States and the world. Please sign up for more- info, history and announcements ... see the form on this page. You can also buy the book, "Images of America - Fort Myer"