Historic Vienna Handmade Ornaments At The Freeman Store

2017 Ornament by Rachel Peden – Green Hedges School! NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Green Hedges 2017 HVI Ornament

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!

The Church Street Holiday Stroll is back!

Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Monday, December 2
Church Street

The Annual Church Street Holiday Stroll will take place on Monday, December 2, from 6 to 9 pm on Vienna’s Historic Church Street.  Church Street closes at 5:45 PM.  Santa will arrive via fire truck at 6:15 and help the Mayor light the tree at 6:20 PM, there will be musical performances on the stage and strolling singers along the street. Historic structures including the Freeman House, Little Library, Vienna Presbyterian’s Old Chapel, the Knights of Columbus (formerly 1st Baptist), the Caboose and the Train Station will be open.  There will be a petting zoo, supervised bonfires with marshmallows to roast, hot chocolate, shopping and  Coldwell Banker will sponsor a Toys For Tots collection. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Historic Vienna, Inc., the Town’s Department of Parks & Rec and Church Street merchants.  Church Street Merchants will be open.

For more information call (703) 938-5187.

Click link below to download Church Street Stroll Flyer!

Church St. Stroll 2013

Oktoberfest Comes To Vienna

Celebrate Oktoberfest with us on Church Street!

The Freeman Store will be open from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM for Vienna’s Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 5th.

Enjoy live music, great food, wine and beer, activities and entertainment for children, and a terrific festival marketplace.  Sponsored by the Vienna Business Association and the Town of Vienna.

Members of Historic Vienna receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the Freeman Store. Become a member today!

Ayr Hill Garden Club’s Flower Show

Date: August 7
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: The Freeman Store and Museum

The Ayr Hill Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show titled “A Day In August” on August 7 at the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street, NE, from 1 to 4 pm.  The show will feature designs suitable for a dining table and small designs, which will be displayed in the Museum Rooms. In addition, there will be a display of seasonal horticulture.  For more information, call (703) 994-9054.

2012 White House Ornament: Now Available!

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.

While you’re thinking about the holidays…shop local at the Freeman Store!

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.

Now Available: 2012 Historic Vienna Ornament By Rachel Peden

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!

1946 Vienna Fire Truck