Military Relocation- Fort Myer and Eminent Domain Go Hand in Hand

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Fort Myers Headquarters

It doesn’t matter how famous you might be in US history if you can’t pay your bills the government is going to confiscate your land. And this is what happened to none other than Robert E. Lee and his wife during the civil war. General Lee was unable to keep up with the taxes on the Custis-Lee estate and abandoned the property while fighting in the civil war. The land was purchased at auction by the US Government and divided into 200 acres for Arlington National Cemetery and 256 acres for a site originally called Fort Whipple. After the war the name of the post was changed to Fort Myer to honor the first general of the US Signal Corps Albert J. Myer.

So if the information that the land that comprises the Fort Myer came to the US by tax confiscation isn’t enough history it is also the site of the first military aircraft flight by Orville Wright and the site of the first military aircraft fatality. On the second flight attempt Orville Wright was injured and Lt. Selfridge was killed. So much for the fame of Kitty Hawk!

Just as the Marine Corps Barracks-DC is home to the ceremonial units for the Marine Corps, Fort Myer is home to the US Army School of Music and The Old Guard the army’s ceremonial unit. When driving through Fort Myer you will find the stables for the horses and caisson used for both military and Presidential funerals. The most famous horse remembered from the Old Guard in Black Jack the riderless horse seen in the funerals of presidents John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover and Lyndon Johnson.

Old Guard Collage

Fort Myers has two beautiful churches on post. The most recognized is the Old Post Chapel used for private ceremonies and the second is a newer church that is used for regularly services. Both churches have private gates that open onto Arlington Cemetery.

Fort Meyer Collage

Base Housing at Fort Myers

Many of the buildings and brick homes on Fort Myer are listed on the historic register and the 26 Victorian-style homes known as "Generals' Row" were built 75 years ago. if you drive to the back gate of Fort Myer you can take in incredible view over Arlington Cemetery and the Washington monument. For those in the know and with the right pass it is a fantastic place to take in Washington’s fireworks.

DC Fireworks

In 2005 some of Henderson Hall management functions moved to Fort Myer establishing Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. If you are stationed at either the Navy Annex or Henderson Hall you can get on to Fort Myer during the week through the back gates.

Many military personnel coming into Fort Meyer find Fairlington and Park Fairfax are great places to call home. With the proximity to Shirlington and Clarendon finding a place to take in a movie, grab a bite to eat or shop, Fort Meyerr is in a strategic location.

If you find yourself with PCS orders to Fort Myer, Military District of Washington, Fort Belvoir, Pentagon or any of the other military locations around Northern Virginia give me a call.

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All original photos taken at Fort Myer in January 2008 by Cindy Jones
Fireworks photo from IStock.


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As an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Allegiance in Northern Virginia and native of the area I can assist you whether you are buying, selling or renting a home anywhere in Northern Virginia. For more information about the area or my services you can check VaRealEstateTalk or my Northern Virginia website.

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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA
WOW!  Once again you score with a post about the history of a local military installation and history.  Great reading.
Jan 13, 2008 04:24 AM #1
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
This is AWESOME!  You write some of the most intersting things about this area that I don't know, even as a D.C. native!
Jan 13, 2008 04:26 AM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Thanks Pat.  My posts on Military Relocation are meant to be both informative for the folks coming to town and provide a little bit more insight than what they get during in-processing on base.
Jan 13, 2008 04:40 AM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Margaret- getting to know a little about where you are headed when you get your orders is important.  We've both been there with the military moves so I hope a few folks will find a little more history about their new base and the area to be enlightening and make the move a bit more fun.  Since we are both natives of the area I'm sure we both know some great stories.
Jan 13, 2008 04:45 AM #4
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Cindy - Wow is all I can say - this is fantastic - thanks for such a comprehensive article :-)
Jan 14, 2008 02:33 AM #5
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Cyndee-thanks for stopping by and taking a read.  Most of our military bases here have histories that go back to the civil war if not further.  Makes them interesting!
Jan 14, 2008 04:06 AM #6
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