It is known for being the ancestral home of John Custis II, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia and named his palatial four-story brick mansion (built in 1675) in Northumberland County, Virginia, "Arlington" after this town. Arlington would be abandoned after just 50 years, but the name would be used by his great-great-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, as the name for his large Arlington Estate on the south shore of the Potomac River near what is now Washington, D.C. Arlington Estate would later be owned by Custis' son-in-law, American Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and today is known as Arlington National Cemetery.
- Custis, John. The Letterbook of John Custis IV of Williamsburg, 1717-1742. Josephine Little Zuppan, ed. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, p. 18; Guy, Chris. "Project Casts Light on House Lost to Past." Baltimore Sun. September 8, 2001.
- Cultural Landscape Program. Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial Cultural Landscape Report. National Capital Region. National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior. Washington, D.C.: 2001, p. 25. Accessed 2011-09-24
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