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ArlingtonWalking tour to look at Arlington's nefarious Prohibition era

Walking tour to look at Arlington’s nefarious Prohibition era

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Arlington’s wholesome present hides some scandals of the past. You don’t even want to think of the vice – gambling, prostitution, you name it – that raged unchecked in Rosslyn at the very start of the 20th century before Commonwealth’s Attorney Crandal Mackey and a band of mirthless civic-do-gooders cleaned it up.

But even several decades later, there were good times to be found in corridors of the community.

“During Prohibition, illegal liquor was produced throughout Arlington,” noted the county government’s Department of Parks and Recreation, promoting an upcoming event that will chronicle the history of those days.

Park historian John McNair will lead a short walking tour on the Clarendon area on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., detailing stories of local bootleggers and the government agents who attempted to stop them.

Participants will gather at Clarendon Metro Park and at the end of the walk will be deposited at one of the corridor’s (now perfectly legal) drinking establishments.

The cost is $5, and the program is limited to those age 21 and older. For information and registration, see the Parks and Recreation portion of the county government’s Website at https://arlingtonva.us.

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