Herndon Historical Society

Herndon Historical Society

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Are you REALLY open on Sunday as today's Facebook post says?
Here's an old photo, ca. 1940 give or take a couple of years. The car belonged to Herndon Fire Chief Walter A. Farr. You can see the FD (Fire Department) emblem on the car grill, and sirens, extra lights. The license plate tag 'topper' has CAMP LEE. Chief Farr moved to Petersburg, VA ca. 1941 and worked as a machinist at CAMP LEE. I'm not sure whether this photo was taken at his residence on Spring St. in Herndon, or in Petersburg. His two daughters are pictured, Cathleen (second from the left) and Louise (second from the right). The other girls are unidentified.
Love this Old Town and appreciate all the work of the Herndon Historical Society❤️
Herndon High
Dr Charles Russell, Herndon physician
Herndon library "little helpers" 1931
Benjamin D Utterback obit from Oct 1899. Quite an interesting story of bravery at the end of the War Between the States. Mr Utterback prior to enlisting with J. Mosby was incarcerated as a citizen for conspiring with the enemy. When released he joined Mosby's Rangers.
Postcard. Still there?
Back of picture says Old Stone House, home of Olive Wrenn. Does anyone know where this home is?
Herndon, Va
Fairfax 1909

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

• THE DEPOT

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

Operating as usual

09/22/2021

This just in! The Herndon Historical Society has a new holiday ornament for sale! It is a beautifully designed, two-dimensional, colorful ornament of the Herndon caboose, made by the same company that makes the White House ornaments. A perfect gift or addition to your home’s holiday decorations. They are now on sale in the Depot Museum (open Sundays from 12-3 PM). Get one while they last! Cost is $20 plus tax. Questions? Contact [email protected].

This just in! The Herndon Historical Society has a new holiday ornament for sale! It is a beautifully designed, two-dimensional, colorful ornament of the Herndon caboose, made by the same company that makes the White House ornaments. A perfect gift or addition to your home’s holiday decorations. They are now on sale in the Depot Museum (open Sundays from 12-3 PM). Get one while they last! Cost is $20 plus tax. Questions? Contact [email protected].

09/18/2021

#OnThisDay in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped her enslavement on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She began a new life as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping others free themselves from the bo***ge of slavery.

Tubman also served as a Union spy, scout, and nurse in the Civil War. Her activism did not end with emancipation; she became a civil rights activist and a strong supporter of women's voting rights.

Her courageous actions helped shaped American history. During International Underground Railroad Month, explore the secret network of trails, waterways, and safe houses used by enslaved people fleeing north along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad scenic byway: https://bit.ly/2FJeaUL

#MDinFocus, #UndergroundRailroad

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
I Love Dorchester County

Bragg Making Friends Downtown 09/18/2021

Bragg Making Friends Downtown

Photos from Herndon Historical Society's post 09/12/2021

Commander Herndon's ship - the S.S. Central American - sank on September 12, 1857. There were 575 people on board and only 152 people survived. Shown here is part of a life preserver from the Central America as displayed in the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA. Donated by T. Hallert Badger, whose aunt and uncle survived the sinking, it is known that two of the survivors were Captain Thomas W. Badger and his wife, Jane. Badger was a native Virginian, who followed a seafaring life, and later engaged in the shipping business in California. He was travelling from California to the east coast, on his way to visit family on the Delmarva Peninsula, when the ship sank. While on board the ship, Badger's skills helped keep the ship afloat for about 36 hours, long enough for many passengers to be rescued. The Badgers were one of only four couples to survive the disaster.

Remembering 9/11 Victim From Herndon 20 Years Later 09/11/2021

Remembering 9/11 Victim From Herndon 20 Years Later

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-9-11-victim-herndon-20-years-later

Remembering 9/11 Victim From Herndon 20 Years Later A Herndon man who died on 9/11 will be among those memorialized at services across the country on the attack's 20th anniversary.

Remembering Herndon's History: Miss Harris’ Poems of Oak Grove 09/07/2021

Remembering Herndon's History: Miss Harris’ Poems of Oak Grove

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-miss-harris-poems-oak-grove

Remembering Herndon's History: Miss Harris’ Poems of Oak Grove Barbara Glakas of the Herndon Historical Society writes about Ida Harris, who taught at Herndon's all-black school in the 1940s and 1950s.

09/06/2021

Learn how real, live farm animals settle down for the night! Bring a flashlight for a twilight tour of Frying Pan Farm Park. This one-hour program will be held Friday-Sunday evenings in September at 6:30 p.m. Ages 3 and older; $10 per person. Register at Bit.ly/38gbYPE.

09/05/2021

Quirky, ebullient, jovial... adjectives that could be used to describe Willard Scott, the longtime NBC weatherman and well-wisher of centenarians all across the United States who died yesterday at the age of 87. In a career that spanned decades, Willard Scott was a familiar fixture in many American homes. But did you know that Willard Scott, a native Virginian, was an advocate of Manassas National Battlefield Park?

In the 1980s, when developers were threatening to build a shopping mall near Stuart's Hill, Scott was one of the celebrities who spoke at a rally organized by the Save the Battlefield Coalition. Designed to draw national attention to the situation, Scott spoke about what the battlefield and Civil War meant to him, and even made sure to televise a broadcast from the park during the controversy. Scott died at his home in Delaplane, not far from the battlefield he had once helped to preserve.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Willard Scott.

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasnps #battlefieldpreservation

Image: Willard Scott smiling for the camera in the 1980s wearing cowboy boots with the NBC logo posed with his leg resting on a stone wall wearing jeans, a red track jacket, and matching red cowboy hat with the Virginia countryside in the background. (LOC)

The Pumpkin Patch Limited Train Ride In Maryland Is Scenic And Fun For The Whole Family 09/05/2021

The Pumpkin Patch Limited Train Ride In Maryland Is Scenic And Fun For The Whole Family

Choo choo! 🚂

The Pumpkin Patch Limited Train Ride In Maryland Is Scenic And Fun For The Whole Family This Maryland train ride takes you straight to a pumpkin patch!

08/31/2021

The Potomac Module Crew will be running HO Gauge model trains at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum over the Labor Day weekend. The model train display will be Sunday, September 5, from 12-4 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 6 from 1-4 p.m. The museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station, VA. Find more info at https://fairfax-station.org

08/27/2021

We hope to see you this Sunday, Aug. 29th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in #fairfaxstation at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Learn more at www.fairfax-station.org/ NTRAK model trains will be running! #trainhistory #choochoo #fairfaxHistory

Photos from History In Pictures's post 08/26/2021

Herndon? No. History? Kinda. Fun? Yup! 🙃 History In Pictures is a great page! This is one of their sillier posts, but their page is full of all sorts of interesting historical tidbits. 🧐📚🥰

Remembering Herndon's History: Our First Mayor, Isaiah Bready 08/15/2021

Remembering Herndon's History: Our First Mayor, Isaiah Bready

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-our-first-mayor-isaiah-bready

Remembering Herndon's History: Our First Mayor, Isaiah Bready Historian Barbara Glakas tells the story of how Isaiah Bready's family came to Herndon and how he became the town's first mayor.

08/10/2021

T-TRAK (N-scale) trains running this coming Sunday. Hope to see you there!

08/09/2021

We are open today! Please stop by to spend some leisurely time exploring our displays and exhibits, both inside the Depot, outside on the grounds, and in our Exhibit Sheds. Please come by to learn about the rich history of railroading in the Fairfax Station area, especially circa the US Civil War period!
As always, we have openings for new volunteers and would love to discuss volunteer opportunities with you on site that day or by going to https://fairfax-station.org/volunteer-opportunities/

08/07/2021

We are saddened to learn that Anthony “Tony” DeBenedittis passed away on August 1st. Tony was a long-time Herndon resident and member of the Herndon Historical Society. An lifelong artist and an art teacher at Herndon High School for many years, Tony will also be remembered for designing Herndon’s Town Seal in 1976. We will always remember Tony’s dedication, hard work and generosity. Tony’s obituary and service information can be found here: https://adamsgreen.com/tribute/details/12189/Anthony-DeBenedittis/obituary.html#tribute-start

We are saddened to learn that Anthony “Tony” DeBenedittis passed away on August 1st. Tony was a long-time Herndon resident and member of the Herndon Historical Society. An lifelong artist and an art teacher at Herndon High School for many years, Tony will also be remembered for designing Herndon’s Town Seal in 1976. We will always remember Tony’s dedication, hard work and generosity. Tony’s obituary and service information can be found here: https://adamsgreen.com/tribute/details/12189/Anthony-DeBenedittis/obituary.html#tribute-start

08/04/2021

On the western edge of the town of Herndon is the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. This cemetery dates back to the 1800s and was once part of the town’s segregated African American community. Many people buried there were Herndon residents. To see a survey and photos of this and other local cemeteries, see this link to the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association’s website.

Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery | Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association (honorfairfaxcemeteries.org)

On the western edge of the town of Herndon is the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. This cemetery dates back to the 1800s and was once part of the town’s segregated African American community. Many people buried there were Herndon residents. To see a survey and photos of this and other local cemeteries, see this link to the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association’s website.

Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery | Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association (honorfairfaxcemeteries.org)

08/01/2021

Former Herndon resident, Donald LeVine, donated to the Herndon Historical Society (represented by Barbara Glakas) a ledger and minute book from the Herndon School Association. Inside the book - which covers the time period of 1868 to 1875 - are meeting minutes and lists of subscriptions from those Herndon residents who donated money, supplies and labor to build the Herndon School that used to be located at 725 Center Street. Photos of the pages inside the ledger can be seen in this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17oLPJmELaEQIeR9SYSo1joZJGufiIOCX?usp=sharing . (Photos courtesy Jeff Clark).

Former Herndon resident, Donald LeVine, donated to the Herndon Historical Society (represented by Barbara Glakas) a ledger and minute book from the Herndon School Association. Inside the book - which covers the time period of 1868 to 1875 - are meeting minutes and lists of subscriptions from those Herndon residents who donated money, supplies and labor to build the Herndon School that used to be located at 725 Center Street. Photos of the pages inside the ledger can be seen in this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17oLPJmELaEQIeR9SYSo1joZJGufiIOCX?usp=sharing . (Photos courtesy Jeff Clark).

Photos from Herndon Historical Society's post 07/10/2021

HERNDON, DID YOU KNOW? ...

The little cream colored building at 660 Spring Street (next to the fire station) was the first Fortnightly Library, constructed in 1927 by the Herndon Fortnightly Club. The ladies of the Fortnightly Club ran the library up until the 1970s when the library was incorporated into the Fairfax County Public Library system. A new Fortnightly Library was built on the town green in the 1990s. The Fortnightly Club still exists today as the oldest continually running women’s club in Virginia. Their former building on Spring Street is now home to Herndon Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Remembering Herndon's History: 1850s Life Before the Railroad 07/07/2021

Remembering Herndon's History: 1850s Life Before the Railroad

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-1850s-life-railroad

Remembering Herndon's History: 1850s Life Before the Railroad Historian Barbara Glakas documents the arrival of the railroad and how Herndon could've been called "Hazard."

07/04/2021

After being closed for the last 13 months, the Herndon Depot Museum on Lynn Street has officially reopened! We are now open on Sundays from 12:00 to 3:00, except on select holidays. We also continue to open at other times by appointment. Come on down to our historic train depot and see our interesting and varied exhibits about Herndon history. We also have Herndon-related gifts for sale. #ItsON!! 🚂

After being closed for the last 13 months, the Herndon Depot Museum on Lynn Street has officially reopened! We are now open on Sundays from 12:00 to 3:00, except on select holidays. We also continue to open at other times by appointment. Come on down to our historic train depot and see our interesting and varied exhibits about Herndon history. We also have Herndon-related gifts for sale. #ItsON!! 🚂

Photos from Herndon Historical Society's post 07/01/2021

Have you ever seen the inside of Herndon’s red caboose on Lynn Street? The Herndon Historical Society will be opening the caboose on select Thursdays – pending weather – from 10:00-12:00 noon during the farmer’s market. If you are ever at the Farmer’s Market we hope you will stop by the caboose to see if we are open. Children love to climb on the caboose and now they can go inside! We know that big kids (a.k.a., adults) would love to see inside too. Our town’s caboose is a Herndon treasure!

Herndon Historical Society 06/30/2021

Herndon Historical Society

Ever wonder how local schools got their names? See this Fairfax County Public Schools “What’s In a Name?” video about Clearview Elementary School. https://youtu.be/nplqbgTuV4c To view more videos about other local school names, go to www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org and click on the “Video Links” tab.

Herndon Historical Society We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Until we are able to safely meet together again, we will safely bring you some local history via your computer. We have collected four YouTube videos on the history of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad for our January meeting. To view them, hold d...

2021 Annual Membership Meeting 06/26/2021

2021 Annual Membership Meeting

Last month the Herndon Historical Society's Annual Membership Meeting was full of surprises including:

~ a special presentation of the Society's history in pictures in honor of its 50th anniversary 🎉

~ distinguished recognition of Richard Downer and Charlie Waddell, who both retired from the Board of Directors after years of faithful service 👏

~ and so much more!! 🤩

In case you missed it, the recording of the full meeting can be found here:

https://youtu.be/yPe9s4--7g8

Please join us in celebrating the Society, Richard, Charlie and all of the Society's amazing volunteers and members!! Happy viewing! 🍿

2021 Annual Membership Meeting The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting was conducted via a Zoom VTC.This is the recording of that meeting without the discussion session at the end of the meetin...

Videos WWII, D-Day USS Herndon | herndonhsbands 06/22/2021

Videos WWII, D-Day USS Herndon | herndonhsbands

It was 77 years ago this month that the destroyer the USS Herndon led the armada in the Normandy invasion. Check out this new video - entitled ‘Lucky Herndon at Sea’ - about the USS Herndon and its crew, which includes 15 minutes of actual footage taken on board the ship! https://www.herndonband.org/videos-d-day-uss-herndon

Videos WWII, D-Day USS Herndon | herndonhsbands Check out 'Normandy in Review' , a video presentation on the different ways the WWII veterans were honored by the Pride of Herndon at the event. Also, 'Herndon Bands Honors the Greatest Generation'  - video posted by Fairfax County Public Schools

Juneteenth 06/19/2021

Juneteenth

JUNETEENTH (June 19th) was officially declared a federal holiday on Thursday. Learn more about this important date in history here: https://www.history.com/juneteenth

Juneteenth Learn all about the history of the holiday and its legacy.

Remembering Herndon's History: Slavery In Our Area 06/18/2021

Remembering Herndon's History: Slavery In Our Area

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-slavery-our-area

Remembering Herndon's History: Slavery In Our Area Barbara Glakas of the Herndon Historical Society documents slavery and the slaveholders who lived in the Herndon area.

06/16/2021

The Herndon Historical Society (HHS) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary! 🎉 This milestone was marked during HHS's annual meeting with a virtual presentation of its history in pictures. The slideshow of that presentation can be found below. 🎥

Stay tuned to this channel for the recording of the entire Zoom meeting, which included other special presentations! 🤗 In the meantime, happy anniversary to HHS, its members and all of those who have given so generously of their time and talents to create and maintain the Society. 🥂

Remembering Herndon's History: Dispatch From The USS Herndon 06/12/2021

Remembering Herndon's History: Dispatch From The USS Herndon

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-dispatch-uss-herndon

Remembering Herndon's History: Dispatch From The USS Herndon Barbara Glakas tells the story of the two U.S. Navy ships named for Cmdr. William Lewis Herndon and shares a dispatch from World War II.

06/08/2021

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Fireworks are ON for July 4th in Herndon! Get details: https://www.herndon-va.gov/recreation/special-events/4th-of-july

Memorial Day 05/31/2021

Memorial Day

Thank you to all who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. 🇺🇸 Learn more about the history of Memorial Day, Memorial Day traditions and more here:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

Memorial Day Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day started in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971 to honor those who served and died in wars.

Photos from Herndon Historical Society's post 05/12/2021

HERNDON: DID YOU KNOW?

Have you ever noticed the small building on the 4th hole of the Herndon Centennial Golf Course and wondered what it was? Prior to the golf course being constructed in the 1970s, three homes sat along Old Heights Road (a gravel road in part of the golf course that runs parallel to the W&OD trail and intersects Crestview Drive). The little white building was a springhouse that was once associated with one of those homes. It was restored in 1991.

Springhouses were used to help keep the spring water clean and for refrigeration. A second unrestored springhouse that was associated with another home on Old Heights Road can be found nearby.

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717 Lynn St
Herndon, VA
20170
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