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Viva Vienna May 28 thru May 30, 2016!!! The Freeman Store and Museum will be OPEN as follows:
Sat. May 28 noon till 5 pm
Sun. May 29 10 am till 6 pm
Mon. May 30 10 am till 6 pm
A perfect time to shop for hand made gifts, books by local authors, candy for all ages and also an opportunity to check out all of the unique antiques and historic displays in the building.
TWO NEW EXHIBITS at Freeman Store & Museum NOW OPEN!! at the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street NE. “The History of Agriculture in Vienna and Northern Virginia” tells the story of the evolution of local farming, from tobacco in the 18th century to wheat and more variety in the 19th.
We were still well-known for our dairy farms and orchards in the first half of the 20th century. And did you know that a Vienna poultry farm provided all of the Eisenhower White House’s fresh eggs? The exhibit includes maps, photographs, and period artifacts.
The new FABULOUS hallway exhibit, “The Road to Women’s Rights” is a series of exhibit modules describing the suffragist movement. Individual modules will be on display for a six-month period through 2020.
If you missed Jon Vrana’s (noted local history dramatist and longtime U.S. Department of Agriculture employee) informative talk on March 15, in Council Chambers at Vienna Town Hall, please come to our Agriculture Exhibit at the Freeman Store’s Museum to learn more history about our area. Discover how Vienna has changed over the centuries, going from large tobacco plantations to what we see today.
What’s available at the Freeman Store??
FOR HER: Meditative coloring books, Blenko glassware, obsidian wind chimes, beeswax candles and antique salt cellars adorned with unique buttons. FOR HIM: Wood bottle stoppers, hats, classic games, history books.
FOR the Youngsters: Silly Sticks!, toys & games, Wooden play villages, one-of-a kind stuffed animals
FOR EVERYONE: Sweatshirt Throw Blankets, wood cheese boards & vases, jams and gift books.
As always, we offer our ever popular Vienna ornaments, pottery & tea towels, books & puzzles and old fashioned candy.
Shop Local. Shop Vienna. Shop the Freeman Store.
PLEASE NOTE! – Our next exhibit opening in March of 2016 will be about the history of Farming in Vienna and the surrounding area. If you have any old photographs of early local Vienna or Virginia farms, please contact Historic Vienna so that we can scan them and add them to our exhibit.
We thank you for visiting Santa Claus over the holidays in 2015 and hope that the season was the best!
- Historic Vienna, Inc. 2015 Holiday Ornament. HVI is pleased to announce the 16th in our series of Rachel M. Peden holiday ornaments. It is our first two-sided ornament: One face of the ornament is the original Vienna Volunteer Fire Department building,
- the second is Worthington’s and The Full Cry Shop.
The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1903. Its original apparatus was stored under the porch of the Freeman Store. From 1930 to 1958, VVVFD occupied the building on Church Street; it then moved to its present location. Two popular stores, Worthington’s and The Full Cry Shop were subsequent occupants of the building. The site is currently occupied by Bazin’s and Anytime Fitness on Church Street. Ms. Peden’s handcrafted and handpainted ornaments have amazing detail and all are available for $19.50 each. For information call (703) 938-5187. Speaking of our ornaments, aside from making great decorations on a Christmas tree, or on a stand or even lined up on a shelf, many of the 16 ornaments are pretty close to N-scale (that means something if you have model trains) and would make a neat village on a layout or on a piece of green felt under a tree – and they are a lot less expensive than those ceramic houses people buy. True, they don’t light up, but that’s no big deal. Further, since there are now six (seven if you include the railroad station) of buildings that were or are still on Church Street, you can now set up a really neat representation of Vienna’s original Main Street. Add the Town Hall, two schools and Bowman House and you’ve almost got an entire village. Stop by a hobby store or go on line and pick up some ‘vintage’ N-scale figures, vehicles and such and you’ve got. . . .Historic Vienna! ‘It takes great ornaments to make a village.’
Shop Local. Shop Vienna. Shop the Freeman Store! The Freeman Store & Museum at 131 Church St NE has a large selection of new and unique gifts, Vienna themed and Virginia made items. Classic children’s toys, books and gifts, a variety of fascinating local history books, jams & preserves, pottery, tea towels, blankets and notecards. We have a beautiful meditative coloring book, vintage pieces, coasters, souvenirs and our new fleece blankets with our exclusive Vienna design. Stop by the Freeman Store and chat with the friendly storekeepers. Enjoy the uniqueness of the museum rooms and get an early start on all your shopping needs for the holidays and all your special occasions. For information call (703) 938-5187 or visit www.historicviennainc.org
For Sale – Special Vintage items and used books
OPEN – Freeman Store, Museum with exhibit on the Country Store
New Picnic Sets At The Freeman Store!
Oral History Project
The oral history project we began in 2013 is still going strong! In 2014, we greatly expanded our Oral History Blog, as well as our YouTube Channel. This summer, we are working to complete a new Oral History Guide. If you want to get involved or know someone who should be interviewed, please email us at email@example.com. Be sure to read our project forms closely first!
The wonderful Vienna Little League has published “60 Years of Little League History,” a book that covers everything from the league’s founding in 1952 through the 2012 season, with Opening Day bulletins, stats, and much more. A perfect gift for baseball lovers!