Herndon Historical Society

The official page for the Herndon Historical Society (HHS).

Herndon Depot Museum open Sundays from 12-3.

The Society is involved in many activities beyond maintaining the museum. More details can be found in the Society's newsletters (www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org/newsletterminutesarchive.html), however some of those activities include:


Although the Town of Herndon owns the depot, the Historical Society has from time to time expended funds to help maintain it. The most recent project was the restoration of the original railroad semaphore that is fixed on the depot roof.


The Society sponsors the historic home registry program designed to increase public awareness of Herndon’s older homes and buildings and their contribution to the Town’s distinctive character and spirit. Once an owner documents the history of the home and demonstrates that it satisfies certain criteria—such as the original structure being 50 or more years old and compatible with the character of Herndon, as well as being of historical or architectural significance to the Town—the application is approved and a request for a resolution is submitted to the Herndon Town Council. Once the resolution, which certifies the historic significance of the structure, is adopted, the structure is eligible to receive a plaque. All documentation becomes part of the Society’s research library, and a picture and brief history are placed on the Historical Society’s website. . Click here for more information about applying for the Registry.


In 1989, longtime Society member and railroad aficianado George Moore located a surplus Norfolk and Western caboose, arranged for it to be transported to Herndon, and coordinated with the Herndon Department of Public Works to install the section of track on which it sits. Located adjacent to the W&OD trail—formerly the W&OD railroad line—the caboose serves as a reminder of the town’s rail history. Although the caboose is now the property of the Town of Herndon the Society continues to monitor its condition and to fund the interior maintenance. Following his death in 2003, the caboose was dedicated in George’s memory. In 2008, the interior was restored and the windows were improved to make them water tight.


Each December for the last few years the Historical Society, along with the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts and the Herndon Chamber of Commerce, has sponsored an Annual Model Train Show. This event—which is held in ArtSpace, Herndon’s community art gallery—features both HO and N gauge model trains.


In 1999, the Historical Society funded restoration and improvements at the gas generating facility located across from Herndon’s Municipal Center. Improvements included a display that explains how the facility operated, along with landscaping for the mini-park that surrounds it. The park is dedicated in memory of former Society president Larry Clarity, and the benches it contains were donated in memory of another longtime member, Bill Moffett.

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The Society continues to engage in educational and preservation-oriented activities designed to ensure that the public remains interested in and aware of the history of the Herndon area. For example, Society members were actively involved in working with the Town to ensure that the historic “yellow house” was relocated from behind Adams Green Funeral Home to a new site at the corner of Oak and Pearl Streets and made available for sale when it was slated for demolition.

Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon

If you're interested in the Holiday Homes Tour that's held in Historic Herndon every year, and you don't already follow their page, be sure to follow it now so that you don't miss any of their exciting announcements! :-)

Hello Holiday Homes Tour fans!

We wanted to share some great news with you. We have confirmed five wonderful homes for the 2017 tour, to be held on Saturday, December 2!

We're going to share some sneak peaks, as always, this fall, but in the meantime we wanted to remind you of some Homes Tours past. Enjoy!

Remembering Herndon's History: The Herndon Community Cannery



patch.com Main image: The Herndon Cannery from a 1950 Herndon High School yearbook

Lake Fairfax Park Welcomes Pirate Fest on May 6-7 - Fairfax County, Virginia


Meet the author at Pirate Fest! Recent discoveries reveal an incredible story about the land at Lake Fairfax Park. Robert A. Prather, author of The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver, states that Swift, one of the great treasure buccaneers of American history, once owned the land Lake Fairfax Park now sits upon. Pirate Fest runs Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.



fairfaxcounty.gov Pirate Fest returns to the park for a weekend of revelry and swashbucklin’, and this year it’s expandin’ to a two-day affair. There will be seafarin’ songs, tales of pirates, a Raingutter Regatta, a treasure hunt, and sailin’ on the boundin’ main of Lake Fairfax. The family-friendly gatherin’ includ...

Just a reminder about all of the great family friendly events at Frying Pan Farm Park. Check out today's activities in the picture below, and stop by their store for a Herndon Depot sign!!


Saw this on another website and knowing it was in Rosslyn heading to Fairfax City area, I watched it and wondered if they were running on W&OD rails?
This was on the Greater Greater Washington page.....

Free Admission at National Parks This Weekend


patch.com Your family can enjoy any national park free April 22-23 in honor of National Park Week, including Great Falls and Prince William Forest.

Town of Herndon, VA : Farmers' Market


Hey friends of Herndon - the farmers' market starts TODAY and the Third Thursdays Arts Crawl starts TONIGHT at 6:00 ... even the Depot will be open! So don't miss out on all of the fun in historic downtown Herndon - #ItsON!! :-D

herndon-va.gov Town of Herndon Farmers' Market featuring fresh foods grown by local farmers. The 2017 market will open April 20.

Episode 4 Herndon in Pictures Then and Now


Check out the latest video regarding Herndon's Hidden History - Herndon in Pictures, Yesterday and Today.


The Good Old Days

6 things our kids won't understand!

Like The Good Old Days for more great memories!



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