Herndon Historical Society

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

Herndon Depot Museum open Sundays from 12-3.

The Herndon Historical Society was founded in 1971. Its purpose, as stated in the Society's constitution, is “…to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of the Herndon, Virginia, area.”

The Society established a museum in conjunction with the Town’s centennial celebration in 1976. The museum, which is open from noon to 3PM on Sundays, is located in Herndon’s historic train depot adjacent to the WO&D trail in the heart of the downtown. The museum contains an array of materials and collectables that illustrate the life, conditions, events, and activities of Herndon and the surrounding area.

If you would like to become a member of the HHS, please click here: http://www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org/images/MembershipForm_rev2.pdf.

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.


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The Herndon Depot Museum is closed for the holidays and winter season. We will reopen the first weekend in March. If you would like a private tour of the Depot in the meantime, or to purchase a replica Depot sign or other Herndon history merchandise, please send a private message to the Historical Society via Facebook or an email to: HerndonHistoricalSociety@gmail.com. Thanks to all of our volunteers who keep the Depot open during the year, and to all of our members and visitors for their interest and support. Happy Holidays!


Remembering Herndon's History: Santa Lives In Runnymede Park


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[12/06/17]   It's not too late to order a replica Herndon Depot sign for holiday gift giving! We sold out during the Homes Tour, however orders placed by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 6 will be delivered before Christmas. Email us at HerndonHistoricalSociety@gmail.com for more information. Happy Holidays!!

Small 3.5" x 15" $24
Medium 4" x 28" $39
Large 6.5" x 40" $74
XL 11" x 54" $124

Allll aboard!!! Choo choo!! :-D

[12/02/17]   It’s finally here – the Holiday Homes tour of Herndon! 😃 and what a beautiful day for it. Tickets are still available at the Herndon Florist And the Herndon Community Center, and the tour runs today from 10-4. 🎄

The Herndon Historical Society is sponsoring a lovely historic home so we’ll see you along the way. You can also visit us at ArtSpace where you can enter a raffle for a FREE replica Herndon Depot sign, or you can purchase a sign in any one of the four available sizes.

Happy Holidays! 🎁

The small replica Herndon Depot signs are now available at Great Harvest in Herndon! 😃 Head down to purchase yours, or add one to a beautiful Great Harvest basket that is brimming with delicious baked goods for a quintessentially Herndon holiday gift! ❤️

It’s almost here, and this is the house that the Historical Society is sponsoring! 😃 It is gorgeous and loaded with interesting history. We hope you’ll come and check it out!! 🏡

Our cover model is another gem of the historic district. It used to be a boarding house in Herndon - some town residents remember registering to vote in the home when women were granted suffrage in 1920! The owners have done so much to restore its beauty. Come see it on Saturday!

[11/28/17]   The Herndon Historical Society’s page now has 700 likes!! 😃👍🎉 We are so thankful for this platform and the ability that it provides us to reach people all over the world, with information about Herndon and its rich history. Thanks to everyone who follows and supports us, and happy holidays to you all!

Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon

Christmas spirit has come to our Monroe Hill Court house - one of our gems in the Herndon historic district. Last hours to get discounted tickets!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! 🎄 And if you need a special gift for your favorite Herndonite, how about a replica Herndon Depot sign that was handcrafted in the USA?

All sizes are currently in stock at the Depot Museum (S, M, L and XL - M in photo), which is open on Sundays from 12-3 and by appointment. Select sizes are also available at the Herndon Florist and Frying Pan Park (and, coming soon, Great Harvest)! Last but not least, if you’ll be joining us for the Holiday Homes Tour next Saturday 12/2 (and we hope you will be! 😊), you can purchase your sign at ArtSpace from 10-4.

Limited quantities on hand for the holidays, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make someone’s season bright with a little Herndon history. 🚂😃🎁

Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon

Spotted on Elden Street! One of our featured homes on the tour is looking mighty festive. Less than two weeks before ticket prices rise, so get yours now!


Remembering Herndon's History: Law And Order In 1800s Herndon


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Herndon, VA

General information

The mailing address for the HHS is PO Box 99, Herndon, Virginia 20172-0099. However the physical street address of the Depot Museum is 717 Lynn Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170.
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Herndon Depot Museum Herndon Depot Museum
717 Lynn Street
Herndon, 20170