Calendar of Upcoming Local Events


We welcome visitors to the Freeman Store and Museum Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00-4:00 PM! Our historic building features an authentic country store full of unique gifts, plus a museum that offers local artifacts and exhibits.

Upcoming Local Events

Afternoons on Church Street 2015

When: SUNDAY October 25     1 till 5 PM – Rain or Shine

Where: The Freeman Store and Museum

October 25: Theme: Shop Local Shop Vienna. Sponsor: The Town of Vienna

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!


For more information on Afternoons on Church Street, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (703) 255-6360 or visit
Church Street Stroll
When: Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: The Freeman Store and Museum

First Night
When: Wednesday December 31, 2015 (Vienna Business Association)
Where: The Freeman Store and Musuem

Ongoing Projects

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 Be sure to read our project forms closely first!

Local News

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!

Summer Events at the Freeman Store and Museum

By Mike Berger

Each Wednesday from June 24 through August 5, Historic Vienna (the Freeman Store and Museum), 121 Church Street, NE, will continue the Stories and Sprinkles program for children at the Historic Vienna Little Library just behind the Freeman Store. The program will begin at 1:30 PM, and, after the stories, the kids (any age) can enjoy a run through the sprinklers on the lawn of the Vienna Town Green.

Historic Vienna will also be participating in each of the Afternoons on Church Street,  the next being Sunday, June 28, from 1-5 PM (the theme will be Stories and Scavengers), and then Sunday, July 26 (the theme that day will be Party on the Porch). At the June event Historic Vienna will offer a wide variety of vintage children’s games (tiddlywinks, hop-scotch, hoops, and more). There will be homemade ice cream to churn and enjoy.  On the porch historian John Vrana will host “A Chat with Abram,” a conversation set in the 19th Century with Abram Lydecker, answering questions and talking about the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire railroad, 19th Century agriculture, and issues of the day. The July event will feature Prudence Traut’s quilting display and demonstration at the Freeman Store. From 2-3 PM, Mr. Vrana will again be on the porch presenting “Music of the Civil War”; a program of traditional music of the American Civil War, the Irish, and the 19th century. He will feature mandolin, concertina, harmonica, and other instruments. Events are rain or shine.

Bring your children, listen to stories, play the games, enjoy the presentations and demonstrations, and, of course, peruse our vintage items and used books for sale every time you come to the Store, as well as a wide assortment of gifts and a great selection of old-fashioned candies.

Join Us For Afternoons on Church Street 2015!

The Freeman House will offer the following activities and opportunities on June 28 from 1:00-5:00 PM.  Historic Vienna will be offering  “A Chat with Abram,” a conversation with Abraham Lydecker on the front porch of the Freeman Store. The conversation will be set in the 19th century and will include the Lydecker Store, 19th century agriculture, the Alexandria, Loudoun, and Hampshire Railroad, national and local issues of the day, etc. Other topics can be brought up by visitors.

Additionally we will be hosting author William Connery and other local authors who will have books for sale.  Old-fashioned children’s games will be available on the Freeman lawn and patio.  Vintage items and books will be sold outside to support Historic Vienna Inc. programs and operations.

AFTERNOON ON CHURCH STREET CELEBRATIONS, monthly, May through October, last Sunday of each month.  From 1 to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the warm-weather months, Historic Church Street turns into a pedestrian street fair.  Free entertainment and open shops, themed activities and neighborly shopkeepers make for a family-focused “fun” day.  Church Street Sunday opens on May 31 with the “Avenue of Art,” hosted by the Vienna Arts Society. Artwork and artists join the fun.  Artists share their perspectives on their works and will present demonstrations of techniques and media.  A children’s art tent will be set up for children to explore their inner-artist.  Local restaurants plan on bringing dining to the sidewalks.


ViVa VIENNA Brings Vienna Together!

ViVa! Vienna! – a family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit.

Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment – fun for all ages!

Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations.

50,000 guests and over 300 vendors

100% of proceeds go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations.

Special Event: Re-Enactment of the Lydecker Store Secession Vote

Secession Vote Will Be Reenacted in Vienna

In May 1861, Vienna residents assembled in front of the Lydecker Store (today the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church Street, SE), to vote on the referendum for Virginia to secede from the Union. The vote was 76 against the ordinance of secession, 44 for it.  Mr. Earnest Birdsong, the first to cast a vote said, “We are now a separate nation, my vote is for secession from the Union.” However, another, United States federal sailor Nathaniel Bosworth, said that while his allegiance was with Virginia, he believed, “The South will lose the war, and I vote to reject the ordinance.”

On May 16, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., a reenactment of the 1861 vote will take place at the exact same location, the steps of the Freeman Store and Museum. Civilians from the 19th century will cast their vote, for or against seceding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, an event that was repeated in 1861 at more than a dozen other locations in Fairfax County, as well as across Virginia. While the majority of Fairfax County and Virginia, as a whole, voted to leave the Union, Vienna voted against secession and in favor of remaining in the Union. The public is invited to attend and participate in the reenactment.

Antiques Appraisers at the Freeman Store

The Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) Annual Antique Appraisal will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Hours for the event are 12:00-4:00 PM. Professional Appraisers Josephine Thrasher and James Johnson will be offering verbal appraisals on antiques of all kinds, and may be able to provided fascinating information about the items.

Appraisals are ‘by-appointment’ only. Interested persons may make an appointment by calling (703) 938-5187 or stopping by the Freeman Store. Those with appointments may bring a maximum of two items for appraisal. The cost is nominal: $10.00 per item for HVI members, $15.00 per item for non-members. Mr. Thrasher and Mr. Johnson donate their time. All funds raised go to support activities of Historic Vienna.

Historic Vienna, Inc., is the nonprofit organization established by the Vienna Town Council in 1976, to preserve and promote Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant places, events, and persons; educate the public through permanent and revolving exhibits, outreach programs, special events and publications; and enhance a spirit of community through an awareness of Vienna’s past.


The Annual Used Book Sale Is Back!

Photo by Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon

Photo by Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon

Important Dates:

  • Book collection ends on April 5th
  • Presale for Members of Historic Vienna: Friday, April 17th from 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Public Sale: Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM; Sunday, April 19th from 12:00-5:00 PM

The Historic Vienna, Inc. Annual Used Book Sale will be held from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19, at the Town of Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Hours for the event are 7-9 PM on the 17th, 9 AM till 7 PM on the 18th, and noon until 5 PM on the 19th. Friday evening is a special reception and pre-sale for Historic Vienna members only. Those wishing to attend the pre-sale who are not members of Historic Vienna (HV) will be able to join at the door! Learn more about our membership packages.

Thousands of books donated to HVI will be available for sale. The books will be sorted into several dozen categories including cooking, history, arts, mystery, religion, health, travel, and much more. A large section will be devoted exclusively to children’s books. The nominal price, regardless of condition of the book (which will range from practically new to used), will be $2.00 per hardback, $1.00 for softcover. Children’s books are often priced even lower! There will be an entire section devoted to Treasures, rare, valuable or unusual books which will be priced higher, but still well below retail prices. Attendees may, if they wish, purchase books to be immediately donated to the Wounded Warriors program.  All proceeds from the sale are used to support the operation of HVI and the Freeman Store and Museum at 131 Church Street, SE. The Book Sale will also feature an exhibit of posters created by students participating in the Thoreau Middle School’s Oral History Project.

Interested in volunteering?
If you would like to volunteer with the Used Book Sale, please let us know by emailing us at, or calling at (703) 938-5187! We would love to get to know you, and we welcome volunteers of all ages.

How to donate:
We have been accepting donations of used books at the Freeman Store since early December. Books may be left on the front porch at any time or brought into the store during open hours (Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00-4:00 PM).

What not to donate:
We welcome donations of paperback or hardback volumes on any topic although we do have as few restrictions which we request be respected. Each donation must be carried downstairs, unloaded, sorted, taken to storage, moved again to the Community Center–lots of hard work that is all accomplished by volunteer labor. Therefore, we ask that you please refrain from donating encyclopedias, magazines of any kind (even “National Geographics”), textbooks, or “Reader’s Digest” type condensed books. These simply don’t sell, and they create an enormous amount of physical labor for our volunteers.

We look forward to another truly wonderful sale, made possible by the donations which pour in from our very literate, very generous community!

Join the Easter Bunny! Old Fashioned Egg Roll at the Freeman Store

Historic Vienna, Inc. and the Vienna Department of Parks & Recreation join forces again this year for a true, old-fashioned egg roll on the lawn of the Freeman House on Saturday, March 28.  Children 12 and younger and their parents are invited to hunt for eggs, meet (and have an opportunity for a perfect spring photo) with the Easter Bunny, participate in egg painting and other crafts and then roll eggs the old-fashioned way.

The Egg Roll is a very popular but also very short event, lasting just one hour. It begins at 10:30 on the dot–be sure to come on time so that you don’t miss a minute of the fun!

The Egg Roll is free and open to the public.  For information call 703 938 5187.