Ball-Sellers House Museum

Visitor Information

Ball-Sellers House 5620 Third Street, South
Arlington, Virginia 22204

Phone: 703-698-5714
Hours: April through October, Saturday 1-4 pm

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Free admission.


In the mid 1700s, John Ball built a one-room cabin for his wife and five daughters. Subsequent owners included tailor William Carlin who made clothes for George Washington and his family. Three generations of Carlins lived in the cabin and in the 1880s they added a two-story Victorian section. The cabin remains a rare example of the home of an ordinary farmer in the Colonial Era and is the oldest surviving structure in the county. The house was donated to the Arlington Historical Society in 1975 by Marian Rhinehart Sellers, so it could be preserved and open to the public.