Current Exhibits at Freeman Store and Museum!!

TWO Exhibits are 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

This Was Vienna, Virginia – by Mayo & Connie Stuntz

The definitive book on Vienna’s history through the early 20th century, written by Connie and Mayo Stuntz.   Newly reprinted hard copies and soft copies are available at the Freeman Store.

On Sunday, August 7, from 2-4:00 PM, longtime Vienna resident .

This Was Vienna, Virginia, written in 1987, is 384 pages long with 413 illustrations including photographs, maps, and sketches, presenting a detailed history of the Vienna area. From the early times of the Native Americans, land grants, and the 1742 Fairfax County Court House near Tysons Corner, the book chronicles the evolution of 14 Vienna area 18th and early 19th century plantations/farms and notes the origins of early roads and mills. Then more general chapters fall into place, covering early 19th century, the Civil War, post-Civil War, Vienna schools, doctors and churches, the 1890 incorporation of Vienna, and up through the first half of the 20th century. The book is a must-have for anyone interested in Vienna’s history, particularly those new to the greater Vienna area. The book is available in hardcover and paper-back versions from Historic Vienna, Inc. (the Freeman Store and Museum).

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.

 

Historic Vienna Handmade Ornaments At The Freeman Store

The 2015 Historic Vienna Inc. Ornament, is the 16th in our collection. The two-sided ornament features the original Vienna Volunteer Fire Department building on Church Street on one face, and the stores that later occupied the building, Worthington’s gift shop and The Full Cry Shop, a ladies clothing store, on the other.

Worthington's & Full Cry Shop

Worthington’s & Full Cry Shop

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

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

A FANTASTIC ORNAMENT remembering our town as it was many years ago.

 

The 2014 ornament by Rachel Peden is the 15th in a series of collectible, hand painted wooden ornaments representing historic properties in Vienna.  This year Rachel has designed a delightful version of  The Once Upon a Time Toy Store.  This year we chose the recently renovated property at 120 Church Street, NE., originally a dry goods store constructed in the 1920s.  Now the home of Cocoa Vienna chocolatiers, several generations of Vienna residents fondly remember it as “Once Upon A Time,” purveyors of dolls, toys, stuffed animals, puppets, books and dollhouses.  Ms. Peden’s handcrafted and handpainted ornaments have amazing detail and all are available for $19.50 each or a full set of 15 (including Freeman Store, Little Library, Town Hall, local schools and churches, among other Vienna related subjects such as the Vienna Inn and the Caboose) for $270.00.  All are sold exclusively at the Freeman Store. The ornament is priced at $19.50, as are all in the series, and is available exclusively at the Freeman Store.

Once Upon a Time #1Once Upon a Time #2Once Upon a Time #3

 

 Only $270.00 for the complete set of 15 different ornaments

Vienna Ornaments – Hand Made in the USA by Rachael Peden

1997 Vienna Original Library 1897

1998 Freeman House 1859

1999 Vienna Presbyterian Church 1874

2000 Railroad Caboose 1990

2001 Vienna Depot 1861

2002 Vienna Inn 1925

2003 Vienna Elementary School 1923

2004 First Baptist Church 1867

2008 Louise Archer Elementary School 1939

2009 Bowman House 1890

2010 Bouton’s Hall 1894

2011 Vienna Town Hall

 

2012 Antique Firetruck

2013 Santa

Historic Vienna 2013 Ornament

For more information call us (703) 938-5187!

Santa visits the Freeman Store!

Date: December 13 and 14
Time:
1:30-3:30 PM
Location: 
The Freeman Store and Museum

In addition to officially opening the holiday season in Vienna with his arrival at the Church Street Stroll on Dec. 1st, Santa Claus and his elves will welcome visitors to the Freeman Store at 131 Church Street, NE, Vienna, on Saturday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 14, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm each day.

Parents often comment that this is the perfect “Santa Experience,” low-key, no-hassle, non-commercial and fun for all ages.  Santa’s special chair is positioned next to the gorgeous Historic Vienna tree in the upstairs parlor of the Freeman Store.

Santa is a master at calming the jitters of first-time visitors and welcomes the many annual returnees with his best “ho-ho-ho.”  Children who may be a bit nervous are encouraged to sit and watch for awhile – and most end up enthusiastically telling Santa their Christmas wishes!

Free and open to the public, no reservations, the perfect setting, the jolliest Santa, the very best photo opportunity – we have it all!

Questions? Call (703) 938-5187.