|Arlington has been called Shelby County’s best-kept secret and rightfully so as it has remained a small quiet rural town for two centuries. Despite its recent growth, the tranquility prevails in its neighborhoods, while star-filled skies outshine street lamps. Settlers first came to the area in the 1830's while many of their descendants still live in town. The town was named Haysville after the original landowner Samuel Jackson Hays, nephew of President Andrew Jackson.||
1840 Post Office ~ photo by arlingtonplanner
The area began to grow with the development of the Memphis and Ohio railroad and the creation of Withe Depot within its boundaries. By 1856, about two hundred people called Haysville home. In 1883, the name of the town was changed to Arlington, a name suggested by Captain Henry Pitman. He had visited the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and thought it was the most beautiful spot on the earth.
S.Y. Wilson & Co ~ photo by Phillip Resuggan
By the end of the 19th Century, the community boasted its own post office, physician, druggist, cotton gin, lumber store, several general stores, blacksmith, meat market, and an undertaker. The heart of Arlington is now known as Depot Square.
The community received its charter from the State of Tennessee in December 1900, then with a population of slightly over 600.
The 2010 US Census showed that Arlington is the 2nd fastest growing community in the State of Tennessee with a 348% increase in population from 2000 to 2010 and a population of 11,517. This little historical town may no longer be a best-kept secret, but its people and its charm will continue to remind us all that we must preserve our past while planning our future. The special census in 2013 quoted the city limit population at 12,090.
There are new neighborhoods springing up all over Arlington around the beautiful historic districts. The population is a potpourri of longstanding family heritage, relocation from all over the globe, and Memphians who just moved a little further out for a little more rural environment.
By providing a great selection of newer construction, larger lots, less city taxes, and a little more home for the money than many other, Arlington is one of the favorite incorporated areas outside of Memphis. There are several routes for the commute to Memphis. Some prefer the expressway and others the more scenic highway. Regardless you are about a 15-minute drive to the outskirts of Memphis.
ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
Nearly 2,400 students attend Arlington High School. These students are offered a very diverse and well-rounded curriculum, offering a wide variety of choices such as Advance Placement courses, dozens of Honors courses, a range of vocational programs such as Health Occupations, Students of America, and Criminal Justice. Students are asked to find a Focus Plan such as Liberal Arts or Journalism to guide their class selection.
|Different activities are available for after-school hours as well, such as a large choice of athletics programs like baseball, basketball, football, gold, tennis, soccer cheer leading, marching band, etc. They also offer a large number of clubs that are non-athletic for after school. These include Advanced Art Club, Ambassadors, Student Ministry, Art Club, Beta club, Best Buddies, Book Club, Bridge Builders, CLICK, DECA, Future Business Leaders, HOSA, Key club, Multicultural club, National Art Honor Society,||
Arlington High ~ photo by Ryan Azucena
National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Poetry Club, AHS Rocketry Club, Science National Honor Society, AHS Science Olympiad, Skills USA, Student Government Association, and Theatre. Arlington High School has its own online newspaper called "The Prowl". It consists of A&E, News, Opinions, Sports, and Tiger Life. Students also receive news through a weekly video called "ATV," short for "Arlington Tiger Vision.
From historical Victorian to soft contemporary architecture with all the latest bells and whistles, Arlington does not disappoint even the most selective buyers. Starter homes begin around $140,000, with selections available in every price range to include estate properties on acreage. There are many planned developments and some gated communities with area parks, water features, trails and tons of trees. Arlington is for folks who are looking for a friendly atmosphere that moves at a little slower pace than city folks. I like to say that Arlington is for "Country Living with City Style"!!!