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.

Remembering Herndon's History: What My Community Means to Me...



patch.com The following was written by Herndon Elementary School Students in 1970.

Sharing our #HCTVLOVE of #ThrowBackThursday for previous Third Thursdays with Commander Herndon and his friends. :-) Hoping to see you at the Depot TONIGHT from 6-9pm for more Third Thursday Arts Crawl fun!! While you're there, pick up your very own replica Herndon Depot sign (available in S, M, L and XL - M pictured). #ItsON! @HerndonCommunityTV @ArtSpaceHerndon


Remembering Herndon's History: The Family of Perez Barnum Buell, Jr.



patch.com The Proprietor of Herndon’s First Real Estate Agency

Get mooooving to the 69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival today through Sunday at Frying Pan Farm Park! See the schedule day by day at the link. There’s something for everyone! http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/4-h-fair.htm #fpfpanimals

Mark your calendar for the 69th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival August 3-6! You can compete with your best tomatoes, your most beautiful flowers, or your craftiest craft. There are 17 areas of competition! Old time Appalachian music of the Corbin Haslett Trip begins at 7:30pm, August 3. Big Truck Night is August 4, 5-8pm. The Tractor Pull with exciting new games and demos featuring the new John Deere tractor, as well as Belgian draft horses Charlie and Jeff, will be at 4pm on August 5. Animal demos, awards, entertainment, vendors, fair food, and rides round out the fun! See the whole schedule here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/4-h-fair.htm

The 4-H Fair is a part of Herndon's rich history, and it's still going strong. Join our friends at Frying Pan Farm Park for what promises fun for the entire family!!

Share your talents and win ribbons! The 4-H Fair August 3-6 at Frying Pan Farm Park is all about competition, so show off your favorite hobbies to participate. There are 17 areas and most are for the general public. Plus it’s FREE! Click on the “Enter Fair Competition” tab at http://bit.ly/1Gv8kJR to learn the rules and enter.

It's never too early to mark your calendars for the Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon ... and the Herndon Historical Society will be sponsoring one of these lovely homes again this year! :-D We hope to see you there!!

Burke Historical Society

Aug. 1 Burke Centre Library 5935 Freds Oak Road
Burke, VA 22015 7:00 p.m. Free. Information: Brian Slawski slawski_brian@yahoo.com. Registration on the Library website required.

Burke Historical Society research seminar: What’s in the Virginia Room? presented by Elaine Mcrey

Learn about the Virginia Room’s collection of maps, photographs, manuscripts, books, newspapers, and Fairfax County and other government records, including resources for historical, military, and genealogical research across Virginia.

Schools of Yesteryear # 4 -- Schools of Dranesville District


Curious to learn more about the history of Herndon area schools? Well then you need to watch this video! It's so interesting ... we love all of the old photos and videos, and are betting that you will, too. :-)


Schools of Yesteryear is a series of videos about the historic public schools of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Remembering Herndon's History: The Caboose Comes To Herndon!



patch.com In this edition of "Remembering Herndon's History," we tell the amazing story of the red caboose that sits on Lynn Street.


717 Lynn St
Herndon, VA
Other Herndon museums (show all)
Herndon Depot Museum Herndon Depot Museum
717 Lynn St
Herndon, 20170

The Herndon Depot Museum, also known as the Herndon Historical Society Museum, is located in the town of Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia. Built in 1857 for the Alexandria, Loud...