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“We Are Arlington” Photographs

Vintage Photos and Famous Portraits

On exhibit at the Cherrydale Branch Library, Oct. 8, 2014 – Jan. 5, 2015

Public reception: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Whiteys Restaurant


Images from Bill Hamrock’s new book, “We are Arlington,” describe Arlington’s “political, economic and social history.”

Want to know how many fans attended the annual “Old Oaken Bucket” football showdown between Washington-Lee High School and Alexandria’s George Washington High School back in the day? The book answers it. (10,000 some years.)

Eager to find out the cost of a ham sandwich and coffee at the iconic Little Tea House restaurant before it closed in the 1960s? That answer is in the book, too. (40 cents, with a side salad an extra 20 cents if desired.)

Stumped by who the other president buried at Arlington National Cemetery might be? It’s answered here. (William Howard Taft, the only man to serve both as president and chief justice of the United States.)

Not quite sure where the “Three Sisters Bridge” was supposed to go before the idea was scrapped under public pressure? There’s an answer to that, as well. Read more in

Bill Hamrock smallHamrock manages and co-owns Pasha Café, which he and Kostas Kapasouris opened in 2005 at its present site, quickly making the restaurant an enduring and beloved neighborhood institution.  He graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington in 1989, and two years later completed training at the Culinary Institute of America.

In 2001 he bought Pasha Café at its previous location.  A few months later he opened Portabellos: An American Café, where he was chef and owner for six years. Bill also owns Billy’s Cheesesteaks and Allison’s Restaurant in Crofton, MD, which is in its ninth year.

Bill Hamrock and his wife Susie have three kids: Kyle (14), Kelly (13), and Katie (9), plus their black lab Jessie.  He also coaches basketball for the boys 14U Fairfax Stars (last year the team ended its season at AAU Nationals in Orlando).


Copies of “We are Arlington” can be purchased in person at Casual Adventurer and Pasha Cafe, or on the “We are Arlington” website.




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