The Storekeeper announces that in response to requests from customers, we will have a very limited number of 2012 White House Christmas Ornaments, a beautiful enameled antique car, loaded with wrapped packages. Please note that since we are not allowed to change the price of the ornament, we will not be able to offer our 10% member discount on this item. The price is $17.95.
Our Storekeeper has ordered a wonderful list of items which have begun arriving for your early holiday shopping or, if you are not yet ready to shop, for your list-making.
In addition to our usual exceptional collection of books (for children, local history, cook books), pottery and linens, we have unusual children’s toys, many harkening back to an earlier age and many suitable for stockings or small gift exchanges. Virginia-made items include soaps, candles, preserves and jellies and jingle birds and what child (of any age) would not enjoy a selection of old-fashioned candy?
Our December issue of HVInk will include more details on Christmas Shopping at the Freeman House but it is never too early to stop in for the best selection.
Any discussion of Historic Vienna, Inc. and the Freeman Store and Museum eventually leads back to our special association with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Leon Freeman, owner and operator of the Freeman Store, founded the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfax’s first, in 1903. The department’s original chemical pumper, once kept under a porch at the Freeman Store, can still be seen at the VVFD’s headquarters on Center Street, and a plaque commemorating Mr. Freeman’s role is installed at the side entrance to the Freeman Store.
This proud history and special relationship is celebrated with our 2012 Rachel A. Peden hand-painted ornament: The 1946 antique fire engine belonging to the VVFD. Vienna residents are familiar with the charming and unique apparatus, as it appears in parades and other special events and is always met with smiles. Our ornament has moveable wheels, a hose rack on top and “Vienna V.F.D. No. 7” hand-painted on the side.
The Antique Fire Truck will be priced at $19.50, joining the popular series of Vienna buildings and the Red Caboose in our series. All are available exclusively at the Freeman Store. The ornament is available now!
On Saturday October 27 at 6 PM at Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton, a Civil Wars Trails plaque will be unveiled and dedicated. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Civil War during its 150th anniversary. More details to follow regarding this event.