Virginia Landmarks
December 2, 1998
Fairlington Historic District
60th Anniversary Events
National Register
March 29, 1999
Historic Designation Seal
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Historic Designation Seal

Weather Fails to Dampen Home and Garden Tour
Fairlington Historical Society Declares Event Total Success

Nearly 400 Fairlington residents defied threatening skies and frightening weather forecasts on Saturday, May 10, to Ooh and Ah over 17 of their neighbors’ homes, gardens and patios.  The occasion was the 2003 Home and Garden Tour sponsored by the Fairlington Historical Society as part of the community’s 60th Anniversary celebration and Arlington County’s "Neighborhood Day."

Tom Corbin and Chuck Edwards coordinated a dedicated volunteer committee, made up of residents from several villages which rose to the challenge and succeeded at their daunting pre-planning and organizational tasks.  Aided by ten corporate and individual sponsors who underwrote the cost of the tour, committee members sold two hundred pre-tour ticket sales via the Internet.  According to Ticket Chair Kym Hill, close to another 200 tickets were sold within 30 minutes after they went on sale at the South Fairlington Community Center, where space for the ticket sales was made available by Arlington County. In spite of the unsettled weather, the tour sold out very quickly, much to the disappointment of some who were unable to purchase tickets at the last minute.

A reception hosted by the Society to conclude the event was held at North Fairlington Community Center, courtesy of Fairlington Villages.  Tour participants, residents who opened their houses, volunteers, and special guests celebrated the tour’s success and were thanked by the Society.  One reception guest noted in the Reception Register that this tour was "as good as (the) Old town tour."

Encouraged by this success, the Fairlington Historical Society is considering making a Fairlington home and garden tour a biennial event.