Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) – Training and Information Session
Wednesday February 24th – 7:30 pm
Patriot Hall at the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180
330 North Center Street, Vienna, VA 22180
Speaker: VHP’s Director, Col. Bob Patrick, USA (Ret.)
Flyer for VHP Training and Info Sesssion:
VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. VHP collects veterans’ stories from World War I to the present as oral histories, and in other forms. Event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
2016 Historic Vienna USED BOOK SALE!
The Historic Vienna, Inc. Annual Used Book Sale will be held from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, at the American Legion Post 180, 330 Center Street North, Vienna, VA 22180. Hours for the event are 7-9 PM on April 1st, 9 AM till 7 PM on the 2nd, and noon until 5 PM on April 3rd.
Flyer for Book Sale:
Building Status for early 2016:
We are currently closed for the months of January and February 2015 as we take care of our annual inventory and clean our building from top to bottom. Our historic building features an authentic country store full of unique gifts, plus a museum that offers local artifacts and the building and period rooms are open by appointment only during January and February. For information call (703) 938-5187.
Welcome to Historic Vienna and the Freeman Store and Museum – there’s lots to see here.
Please explore this website by using the pull-downs and links.
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 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!