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.

EVENT COMPLETE!! Flint Hill Cemetery Tour by Historian Jim Lewis

Time: 10:00 AM
Date: Saturday, September 13

Location: Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton

Local historian Jim Lewis will lead a tour of historic Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton on Saturday, September 13 at 10 am.  He will share interesting aspects of the cemetery, including  stories of prominent Vienna residents and some of the 27 Civil War era military veterans, 4 of them Mosby’s Rangers, who are interred there.  Sponsored by Historic Vienna, Inc., free and open to the public, no reservations required.  Meet at Flint Hill Cemetery at the corner of Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) and Courthouse Road, next to the Church of the Brethren.  For information call 703 994 9054.

Historic Vienna’s Exhibits Reach Thousands of History Lovers

It was only ten years ago that Historic Vienna, Inc. opened our first exhibit.  It was a small collection of framed photographs and woodblock prints and we called it “Civil War Scenes and the Freeman Family History.”  In the years since, our volunteers have mounted eight more exhibits, with topics as varied as the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Vienna’s African American community, Jamestown’s 400th anniversary, World War II, the Civil War, Rails to Roads to Trails and the Country Store.  We have added hand crafted display cases and expanded to mini-exhibits on such things as the War of 1812 and Vienna Woods.  As each successive exhibit opens, we are not only grateful to the many history-loving and community-minded citizens who have entrusted us with the loan of their possessions, but also to the HVI volunteers who have spent hundreds of hours researching not only the factual history behind each exhibit topic, but also educating themselves in display techniques, contacting potential donors and supporters, and actually mounting the exhibits. Our Guest Books tell the story – visitors are finding us and are looking to HVI as a source for interesting, educational and challenging exhibits, right in their own backyard!

Civil War letter written at Gettysburg – 150 years ago!

 To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg, the following is a four-page letter, written by Pvt. Joseph T. Betts, Musician, Anderson Zouaves, 62nd N.Y. Vol. Provided by Historic Vienna Inc. volunteer Jon Vrana.

Gettysburg   July 2nd, 1863

Dear Mother & Father,

I am writing you this letter on the Picket line on Round Top, we expect to be called in the fight every moment. The first days fight was tremendous, the men was slaughtered by thousands, and maybe before the day is through I may be numbered among the dead but I hope providence may deal with me more lenient, the fighting is something terrible. Four of my company was killed within five feet of me this morning and I was not harmed. I am at present writing 500 feet of the front line expecting every moment to go to the front. The Louisiana Tigers are devils and they show no mercy when they find a wounded soldier on the field they jab the Bayonett through him so to be sure he is dead. Oh I tell you it is awful dead and dying all around you bullets and shells is hitting like hail all around. The Artillery are doing great damage. I saw one officer after he had his death fire the Cannon off and then drop down dead. I hope the war will soon be over so I can be home with you once more only think Grandfather survived the Revolution. Father the War of 1812 and now I have come through Bull Run Harpers Ferry Fredericksbrugh Chancellorsville Fair Oaks and I could not mention the Battles I have been through out a scratch and have been captured by Mosbys Men and got away again. I tell you I have had a great many narrow escapes, and hope I may come through this one safe and sound. The din and groans of the dying is something terrible. We are now called to advance to the fighting is all along the fields good by from your ever Loving and affectionate Son

Joseph T. Betts  –   Anderson Zouaves 62nd N.Y. Vol   –   Battlefield Gettysburgh


This letter is from the Lewis and Lynn Hilder Collection.
Learn more about the Gettysburg Stone Sentinels.

 

Spring Membership Meeting: The W&OD Railroad’s Civil War History

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Thursday, March 28
Location: Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180

The Spring Membership Meeting of Historic Vienna, Inc. will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 7 PM at the Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180 (330 Center Street North, Vienna).  Following a brief business meeting and announcements, the Speaker for the evening will be local historian and reenactor Jon Vrana.  The Social Hall entrance is on the second floor.  Please drive around the building and park at the upper level.

Mr. Vrana is currently President of the Burke Historical Society, Board Member of the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, and has served on the Fairfax County Sesquicentennial Committee.  He has vast experience as a living history civilian and military reenactor and has appeared as Senator Justin Morrill, Capt. Samuel Means, Henry Thomas Harrison and Col. Silas Burke.

At the HVI Membership Meeting, Mr. Vrana will discuss the history of the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad and others which ran through Vienna from 1855 to 1968.  The exhibit “Roads to Rails to Trails” is currently open in the Freeman Store exhibit room and includes photographs, drawings, maps, artifacts, replicas and displays, illustrating the evolution through the years to what we now know as the W & OD Trail, a Northern Virginia Park Authority property enjoyed by 2 million visitors each year.  If you have ever walked, jogged or biked on the W & OD or if you are a lover of trains, Mr. Vrana’s lecture and the exhibit will be of interest and we encourage you to attend.

HVI’s Membership Meetings are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Please call (703) 994-9054 for more information!

Exhibit Closing Soon: Vienna Awakens to War, 1861-1865

Vienna Awakens to War 1861-1865 is open for visitors at the Freeman House (originally Lydecker’s store during the war) from 12:00-4:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. The exhibit has been extended through the end of 2012 due to its popularity.

This exhibit takes a look at the War Between the States through artifacts loaned by members of the Vienna community, some of which have been passed down through many generations of family members and others lovingly collected by the current owners.  The exhibit, designed and mounted by Historic Vienna Inc. volunteers, includes reproductions of Union and Confederate uniforms and a dress of the period, bullets and ammunition, a genuine Colt revolver, buttons, currency, a Confederate war bond, original 1861 Harper’s Weekly pages on the Battle of Vienna and on the use of an observation balloon between Vienna and Falls Church, artifacts on camp life and domestic life such as children’s games and cooking utensils, a beautiful period doll, an officer’s writing desk, and many other photographs and memorabilia.  It is most fitting that this exhibit be shown at the Freeman House, as it was occupied by troops during the war.

As we continue to remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is crucial for all of us to understand what happened in our area and in our nation during this time.

Please visit and enjoy this free exhibit before it closes! Color brochures have been provided by Visit Fairfax and The Fairfax County Sesquicentennial Committee and are available at our exhibit. This brochure highlights all of the major events that happened in our county during the war.

 

Civil War Movies on the Green: “Gone with the Wind”

“Gone with the Wind” –  is the movie for the evening of Saturday June 16 – 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy a movie under the stars!  Free admission. Free popcorn.
Cold drinks for sale by Historic Vienna, Inc.
Bring a blanket or chair. No alcohol permitted.

Weather Permitting. Call (703) 255-7842 for weather information two hours before showtime.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Event: Vintage Baseball Game

Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League and living history exhibition as part Vienna’s ongoing 150th commemorative observation of the American Civil War. Mark those calendars June 23! The event will be held from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM, with games from 12:00-5:30 PM.

Living History Exhibition includes telegraph, first person spy impression, signal flag demonstration, quilting, bonnet and soap making etc.

The first Civil War era ball game played by 1864 rules starts at noon and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 At 1:30 a skills classes will be offered to children ages 6 to 12 (approximate time)

The next game start at 2:00 PM.

3:30 is the next skills class (approximate time)

And 4:00 PM Is the scheduled time for the last round robin game of the day.

The exhibition grounds are open until 5:30 PM.

Come and see how the game was born, how it used to be played (without gloves!) renew your love for the game or find a new one. This is the perfect history activity to do with your dad, grandson, etc. see you on the Caffi ball fields on June 23.

Additional parking at Vienna Elementary school and at Vienna medical Center on Park Street (the latter after noon).

Local History Books For Sale at the Freeman Store

Historic Vienna offers a wide selection of books on local history! The perfect gift for the history buff in your family. Stop by the Freeman Store to check them out!

Edward F. Williams III Civil War Trivia $7.99
James Campi Jr Civil War Battlefields – Then and Now $14.95
Legacy Civil War Chronicle (150th Anniversary) $26.95
Robert W Pelton Civil War Period Cookery $13.95
Workman Publishing Fandex Civil War $10.95
Trevor Owens Fairfax County Postcard History Series $21.99
Kathleen Bartoloni-Tauzon For Fear Of An Elective King $29.95
Barbara Spann Carlby $15.00
John Terry Chase Gum Springs – The Triumph of a Black Community $10.00
William Connery Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 $19.99
William Connery Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern VA $19.99
Jill Decker Family Spirit $12.95
Joanne Weismann Deitch Woman’s Suffrage $11.00
Robert Dorr and Thomas Jones Hell Hawks $19.95
Robert Dorr Mission to Berlin $19.95
Kevin Dougherty Encyclopedia of Confederacy $34.95
D’Anne A Evans Wakefield Chapel $8.00
Fairfax County History Commission/Sweig A Fairfax Friendship – The Complete Correspondence Between George Washington and Bryan Fairfax 1754-1799 $16.00
Fairfax Courthouse/Donald Sweig Registration of Free Negroes $30.00
Mary Fishback Northern Virginia’s Equestrian Heritage $21.99
Fairfax County/Paula Elsay Stone Ground – A history of Union Mills $30.00
Anne Frobel Civil War Diary of Anne Frobel $25.00
Cordelia Grantham Sansome Journey To Bloomfield $$24.95
Bradley Gottfried The Maps of Bull Run $34.95
John Grafton The Civil War Concise History and Picture Sourcebook $14.95
David Guillaudeu Images of Rail W&OD $21.99
Don Hakenson This Forgotten Land paperback – A Tour of Civil War Sites $25.00
Don Hakenson This Forgotten Land II Biographical Sketches of Confederate Veterens buried in Alexandria $30.00
Noel Garraux Harrison City of Canvas Russell A. Alger and The Spanish American War $$30.00
Herbert H Harwood Rails to the Blue Ridge/WO&D/1847-1968 $21.95
Paul Herbert God Knows All Your Names – Stories In American History ?
Carole Herrick Hickory Hill McLean, Virginia – A Biography of a House and All Who Lived There $25.00
Carole Herrick Ambitious Failure Chain Bridge The First Bridge Across the Potomac River $29.95
Carole Herrick Yesterday l –  100 recollections of McLean And Great Falls VA $40.00
Carole Herrick Yesterday II – Additional Recollections of McLean and Great Falls VA $35.00
Mary Kelly Mary Kelly’s Diary 1861-1864 $5.00
Kilmer, Kenton and Sweig Fairfax Family in Fairfax County $25.00
Lt Col Jay Lacklen Flying The Line – An Air Force Pilot’s Journey Vietnam 1970-1979 $19.95
Lt Col Jay Lacklen Hunter Mill Road Civil War Self-Guided Tour $15.00
Hunter Mill Defence League/James Lewis DVD Danger Between the Lines $16.00
Hunter Mill Defence League/James Lewis Forgotten Roads of the Hunter Mill Road Corridor $14.00
Hunter Mill Defence League/James Lewis/Brian McEnamy Sunstroke & Ankle Deep Mud $16.00
Hunter Mill Defence League  Brian Anthony and James Lewis A Self Guided Driving Tour: Sunstroke & Ankle-Deep Mud $16.00
Charles Mauro Herndon – A History in Images $19.99
Charles Mauro The Civil War In Fairfax County – Civilians and Soldiers $21.99
Charles Mauro Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill) $16.95
Charles Miller Historic Cemeteries $21.99
Charles A. Mills Historic Cemeteries of Northern Virginia $21.99
Ross and Nan Netherton Green Spring Farm Fairfax County Va $10.00
Ross and Nan Netherton Memories of Beautiful Burke Virginia $20.00
Ross and Nan Netherton In the Path of History $25.00
Netherton and Netherton Preservation of History in Fairfax County $12.00
Trevor Owens Fairfax County – Postcard History Series $21.99
Martin Petersilia and Russell Wright Hope Park and The Hope Park Mill $34.00
Donald Senese George Mason and The Legacy of Constitutional Liberty $17.00
Vincent Sutphin Nothing Remain the Same $20.00
Petersilia/Wright Hope Park and The Hope Park Mill $34.00
Robert Plumb Your Brother in Arms – Union Soldier’s Odyssey $35.00
Charles Poland Jr Dunbarton Drainsville Va $18.00
Diane N Rafuse Maplewood Fairfax County VA $10.00
Whitney Rhodes This Was Virginia 1900-1927 $10.00
Whitney Rhodes Images of America Fairfax $21.99
Dr. Donald J. Senese George Mason and The Legacy Of Constitutional Liberty $17.00
Brian Smith The First 60 Years of Vienna Little League $30.00
Richard Stephenson The Cartography of Northern Va $25.00
Doris Stevens Jailed For Freedom $12.95
Connie and Mayo Stuntz This Was Vienn PAPERBACK $45.00
Connie and Mayo Stuntz This was Vienna – HARDBACK $60.00
Connie and Mayo Stuntz This was Virginia 1900-1927 $37.50
Connie and Mayo Stuntz This was Tysons Corner $29.95
Connie and Mayo Stuntz A View of Falls Church, Virginia 1881-1889 $30.00
Vincent D. Sutphin Nothing Remains The Same – Jermantown, Legato, Pender, and Waples Mill during the 1920’s and 1930’s In Fairfax County, Virginia $20.00
Chuck Thompson World War II Sites European Theatre $19.95
W&OD Railroad Regional Park WO&D Trail Guide $8.00
? Annandale, VA, A Brief History (gifted) ?
? Fairfax County Stories (gifted) ?