The site contains fragmentary remains of the Abingdon plantation manor house, the focus of an estate that stretched from what is now Rosslyn to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Built in the 1730s or 1740s, the house generally is acknowledged to be older than any other known structure remaining in Arlington, Alexandria or the District, local historians say.
Last winter, engineers for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said removing the ruins was the only practical way to provide adequate parking for the new main terminal. The report sparked protests from local civic groups and elected officials, and the Virginia General Assembly barred demolition of the ruins for a year.
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