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Airport Debate Amid the Ruins
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Henderson, Nell
Date: Jan 4, 1990
Start Page: v.01

"It may even help to have the contrast of the busy airport around the tranquil spot, with its old foundations and big trees. For whatever reason, visiting Abingdon brings back Arlington's whole 18th century in a very personal way. I feel that if the Abingdon site is destroyed we will lose forever the most powerful link we have locally with that century," [Randy Swart] said.

Some residents treasure Abingdon for its connection to George Washington's family. His stepson, John Parke Custis, bought the estate from the Alexanders in 1778 and lived there with his wife, Eleanor, and their four children. After Custis died of camp fever during the siege of Yorktown, Washington adopted the couple's two youngest children, including Nellie Custis, who was born at Abingdon, according to the book Arlington Heritage, by Eleanor Lee Templeman.

Map,,Dave Cook;PHOTO,,Library Of Congress;PHOTO-COLOR,,Darrel Ellis CAPTION:[June Robinson], framed against the ruins, said the site "should be saved," but she does not object to an archaeological dig. CAPTION:The Abingdon plantation house that burned in 1930. The federal government bought the site in 1940 and built National Airport.

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