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!

Fall Membership Meeting With the National Cathedral’s Head Stonemason

Time: 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16
Location: Town Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall (127 Center Street S)

Our speaker for the evening will be local resident Joe Alonso, Head Stone Mason at the Washington National Cathedral since 1990.  We can all say where we were when the unusual-to-our-area earthquake struck in August, 2011, but most of us dealt only with a bit of broken crockery or art a bit askew.  Mr. Alonso and his fellow Stone Masons are still dealing with the aftermath of the quake and will be doing so for many years to come.

He followed his father into the stone mason profession,  has been at the Cathedral since 1985 and was present in 1990 when the final stone was set on the towers (83 years to the day after the first stone was laid).  He will show slides of the history of the Cathedral, its construction, the earthquake damage and bird’s eye photographs of the stabilization and restoration work which is on-going.

There will be a brief business meeting, during which elections will be held for three Board of Directors positions. There will also be a presidential debate at 9:00 PM–please note our earlier-than-usual start time!

The HVI Membership Meeting is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served! Interested in becoming a member? Learn more!


Live Music at Vienna Town Hall From The Old Time Machine!

Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Tuesday, March 20
Location: Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall (127 Center Street S)

Historic Vienna, Inc. will hold its Spring Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall, 127 Center Street South.  Following a brief business meeting which will include the presentation of the 2012 Heritage Preservation Award to Suzanne Levy, there will be a program by local musicians The Old Time Machine.  The performance will include selections from the Civil War era, with a solo piece from each musician, and descriptions of the important role of music during this tumultuous period.  The meeting is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  For more information call (703) 938-5187.