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.
PLEASE NOTE! – Our very popular and interesting History of the Country Store Exhibit in our museum upstairs at the Freeman Store will be closing on Dec. 31, 2015. If you have not seen this exhibit please take the time to stop by as it is fun and informative for all ages.
Upcoming Local Events
Church Street Stroll
When: Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: The Freeman Store and Museum
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for this annual event along Church Street. Santa will arrive and greet children at the Historic Freeman Store and Museum . Seated in his special chair next to Historic Vienna’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree – courtesy of the Optimist Club of Vienna and the Ayr Hill garden Club – Santa will meet his young visitors and hear their Christmas wishes. Parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the looks of joy and wonder as the little ones talk to Santa.
Santa will also help our Mayor light the Holiday Tree at 6:20 pm. All merchants along Church Street will remain open for holiday shoppers. Enjoy fun family friendly activities including a petting zoo, free hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows at supervised bonfires.
Wolftrap Elementary Singers, Louise Archer Elementary Singers, Green Hedges School, Jazz Ensemble, Thoreau Chamber Choir, Fairfax Jubilaires and Vienna Community Band
Fairfax Jubilaires & Vienna-Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines
Historic Structures Open
Freeman Store and Museum
Historic Structures Open
Little Library, Caboose & Train Station
Knights of Columbus (formerly First Baptist)
Vienna Presbyterian’s Old Chapel
CHO Canned Food Collection
No expired dates, please. Boxes Located by the Freeman Store Porch
Supervised Bonfires with Marshmallows for roasting
Merchants Will be Open!
Church Street will be closed to traffic during the event from Lawyers Road to Mill Street.
- Santa Claus will be visiting the Freeman Store on two Sundays this year, Dec 6 and Dec 13, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. each day. 131 Church Street NE. Seated in his special chair in the historic rooms beautifully decorated for the holidays by the Ayr Hill Garden Club–he will meet his young visitors and hear their Christmas wishes. You are encouraged to bring your cameras to capture the looks of joy and wonder. For information call (703) 938-5187.
- Historic Vienna, Inc. New 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 or visit www.historicviennainc.org.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!