Join us for Church Street Stroll!

Date: December 1
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Church Street

Program of Events:
Church Street closes at 5:45
Santa arrives at 6:15
Santa and Mayor light the tree at 6:20

Music at the Showmobile Stage:

  • Wolftrap Elementary Singers
  • Louise Archer Elementary Singers
  • Green Hedges School Jazz Ensemble
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church Revelation Ensemble
  • Fairfax Jubilaires
  • Vienna Community Band
  • Strolling
  • Vienna Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines

Historic Structures will be open:

  • Freeman Store and Museum
  • Little Library
  • Caboose
  • Train Station
  • Knights of Columbus (formerly First Baptist)
  • Vienna Presbyterian’s Old Chapel

Other drop-in activities:

  • CHO Canned Food Collection (No expired food, please! Boxes Located by the Freeman Store Porch)
  • Supervised bonfires with marshmallows for roasting
  • Hot chocolate
  • Petting zoo

Historic Vienna, Inc.
Merchants of Church Street
Town of Vienna Department of Parks & Recreation

Questions? Call us at (703) 938-5187!

Our Oertel painting been successfully restored!

Johannes Adam Simon Oertel’s painting “The Raid” is an important piece of art in the Freeman Store and Museum’s collection.  It has recently been professionally restored to its former glory!

We are seeking donations to help offset the cost for the excellent restoration of this fine work of art.  Please call the Freeman Store at (703) 938-5187 if you are interested in making a tax exempt donation to this effort.

Photograph of “The Raid” painting by Johannes Oertel pre-restoration:

The Raid by Oertel


Historic Vienna Volunteers Needed

Historic Vienna welcomes and treasures volunteers to work one time, regularly, or for special events. It is a great way to meet new people and have fun while providing a very valuable service to your organization.  Please take a moment and browse the many events and activities where we need volunteers from the list below.  If you have some time to devote, we would love to hear from you.  You can specify when, where and how much time you are willing to give.   Thanks so much for considering this–we need your help to continue to thrive!

Please consider the following opportunities for you to help our group provide quality programs and services to our community:

  • Freeman House Tours, including tours of the library and store
  • Little Library – usually open once a month on Sunday afternoons
  • Book sorting for our ongoing book sale
  • Walk on the Hill
  • Special events ( reenactments, performances on the lawn, Santa Claus visits, Viva Vienna, Stroll on Church Street, Easter Egg Roll etc.)

For more information, please call (703) 938-5187.

Pennywise Thrift Store’s 50th Anniversary!

Date: Thursday, November 3
Pennywise Thrift Store (at the corner of Mill and Church Street)

Pennywise Thrift Store, a community service project sponsored by Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 3.

The brainchild of now deceased church member, Lillian Croy, Pennywise accepts donations and consignment items and provides low cost clothing and household items for sale while offering a green alternative for recycling gently used items for use by others.  Pennywise income supports church and charitable programs for those in need and donates items not sold to American Rescue.

On Thursday, November 3, in celebration of this golden anniversary, all items at Pennywise will be 50% off.   Come join with the workers at Pennywise (corner of Mill and Church Street) and share this special day! You are sure to find a bargain!

Historic Vienna’s Freeman Store offers a beautiful hand-painted Christmas ornament by Rachel Peden of the Pennywise building (Bouton’s Hall 1894) for sale.

Historic Vienna’s Oral History Project Website and Exhibit!

Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) has been fortunate to reap the benefits of hard work by two interns in the summer of 2013 and the results are most excellent!  We are also continuing the Oral History Project this summer and have made great progress already.

The Historic Vienna Oral History Project is now open at the Freeman Store! We also have created an extensive online blog.

This website contains detailed interviews of many who experienced the history of our town as it developed over the years.  Undergraduate Caroline Gardiner and grad student Virginia Harness, who are attending the University of Virginia, have worked many hours in order to capture and preserve the interviewees individual, unique and special memories of their own lives and the Town of Vienna.

There are probably few families who do not have some regret that they did not ask their older members to identify faces in photographs or to tell the story of how they came to move from another country or region or where that unusual family name originated.  As within a family, it is these interwoven details which make our community what it is – how people decided to move here, what unlikely event propelled the choice of a career or an avocation that impacted neighbors or created a sports team or led to the planting of a garden enjoyed by all.

The long term plan is for the number of interviews to expand over time with the additional work of  HVI volunteers who will be trained in the protocol and will continue to collect and appropriately archive these pieces of local history.  We have been encouraging our members and fellow citizens to make suggestions of persons (of any age!) who would make interesting interview subjects.  Please continue to do so at (703) 938-5187 to leave a message for Caroline or Virginia, or email them at

In addition to the interviews described above, Caroline and Virginia are also looking for photographs of Vienna, taken at any time during the 20th Century. All photos will be scanned and returned.

We are particularly interested in photographs of buildings, homes, and street scenes which no longer exist or are substantially altered. Examples would include the old Southern States (now Noodles, Chipotle, etc.), the movie theater/bike shop, Hawthorne’s Drug Store/Starbucks, or Peter Pan/Panera. Vienna has seen tremendous change over the years and more change is on the horizon–help us preserve a record of what was and the progression of change in our town!