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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.

Agriculture Exhibit in Freeman Store Musem #1

Agriculture Exhibit in Freeman Store Musem #1

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.

Agriculture Exhibit at Freeman Store #2

Agriculture Exhibit at Freeman Store Museum #2

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.

Historic Vienna Inc. Women's Rights exhibit #1

Historic Vienna Inc. Women’s Rights exhibit #1

Historic Vienna Inc. Women's Rights exhibit #2

Historic Vienna Inc. Women’s Rights exhibit #2

 

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.

Wonderful gifts and cards at our store

Wonderful gifts and cards at our store

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!

Santa at Freeman Store Dec 6, 2015

Santa Visits Freeman Store!

  • 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,
Fire Dept 2015 ornament (reverse side of Worthington's - Full Cry)

Fire Dept 2015 ornament (reverse side of Worthington’s – Full Cry)

  • the second is Worthington’s and The Full Cry Shop.
    Worthington's & Full Cry Shop

    Worthington’s & 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!

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 hvioralhistory@gmail.com. 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!

Spring Membership Meeting – Vienna’s Farming Roots – March 15, 730 PM Vienna Town Hall

History Talk on Vienna’s Farming Roots.  Jon Vrana is the featured speaker at Historic Vienna, Inc.’s Spring Membership Meeting, to be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 in the Council Chambers at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center Street S.  Following a brief business meeting, Jon will talk about how Vienna changed over the centuries from large tobacco plantations to what we see here today.  Jon, a noted local history dramatist, has extensive knowledge of soils and agriculture, working for the nation’s natural resource agency at the US Dept of Agriculture for nearly 40 years. In addition he has conducted research on agriculture in Fairfax County. He is the Chair of Museum Committee for HVI. The meeting is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (703) 938-5187.

New Exhibits NOW OPEN at Freeman Store!!

TWO New Exhibits are 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 hallway exhibit is “The Road to Women’s Rights”, a series of exhibit modules describing the suffragist movement.  Each module will be on display for six months through 2020.  The Freeman Store is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. For more information, call (703) 938-5187

“This Was Vienna Virginia” book reprinted and in stock at Freeman Store

Freeman Store and Museum Reopens, This Was Vienna Virginia book has been reprinted. 

The Freeman Store reopens Wednesday March 2 and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 to 4 pm. The long awaited This Was Vienna Virginia by Connie and Mayo Stuntz is now available, in softback as well as hardbacks.  This 1987 legacy book is filled with nearly 400 pages of history, photos, maps and stories about the Town.  Vienna’s history helps define the Town’s sense of place. For more information, call (703) 938-5187.

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.

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 – (EVENT COMPLETE – MAY 16, 2015)

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 (EVENT COMPLETE – APRIL 25, 2015)

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.