WELCOME

Open Hours For The Freeman Store & Museum 

The Freeman Store and Used Book Cellar will be OPEN on Saturdays and Sundays 12-3pm from Thanksgiving through December 20.
To visit the Museum Exhibits, entrance will be through the side porch door.
 
Please review our Safety Procedures:
 
Masks are required
Max. of 5 visitors inside
Hand sanitize upon entering
Maintain social distancing
Limit of 20 mins. inside if there is a queue
Credit Cards ONLY
 
 
Thank you for your support and patronage!  We are excited to welcome visitors back with safety precautions in place for our staff and customers.
 
If you have questions or concerns, or would like to purchase something from our shop, please EMAIL us at historicviennava@gmail.com
You can also stay connected with us on Instagram @freemanstore_museum or our Facebook group Historic Vienna – Freeman Store and Museum
 

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New Tea! ‘At Home’ British Holiday Tea & Talk – Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3PM

SOLD OUT!!  

Please watch for future virtual tea dates.  Private virtual teas available – please email us at historicviennava@gmail.com for availability.

Enjoy a full English holiday tea with scones, authentic clotted cream, homemade lemon curd, jam, elegant tea sandwiches, sausage rolls, mince pies, plum pudding and other traditional treats. These treats will be carefully packaged with English Tea (bags) and Christmas crackers in special boxes which attendees can pick up at the Freeman Store and Museum on December 12 at 12noon – 2PM.

Set up your Tea Package on your favorite china and at 3PM tune in to the Zoom call. There will be short presentations on how to make a proper cup of tea, how to set up a ‘Tea Club’ in the office (English office that is), and of course a talk on holiday traditions.

If you wish to share the experience with friends, when you sign up for the tea, ask for a complementary breakout room. After the presentation, you can join your friends in your own private zoom room and return to the main session any time.

Each Tea Package costs $40 and includes the Zoom information. Tea Packages will be on sale from November 1 through December 1 only, via a separate website. Tea Packages once purchased are non-refundable. The site will also feature vintage tea cups, plates, tea stands, tea pots, vintage linens, and other tea related items for sale to make a perfect ‘at home’ tea. Pick up for all tea items purchased, Tea Packages and vintage items, will be contactless on Dec 12 at 12noon-2pm.  For more information, email historicviennava@gmail.com

To purchase your ‘At Home’ tea package please click here Afternoon Tea Website for Tea Purchases 

 
 
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HVI 5 Year Plan Membership Survey

We are in the process of developing our 5-year plan for Historic Vienna. This time, we would like to include ideas, suggestions, opinions and thoughts from our members on how we can be more relevant to the community and improve how we achieve our mission. Please fill out the Survey Monkey questionnaire by visiting this link now through the end of March 2021

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020HVImembersurvey

Your answers can be anonymous if you wish. You can use this link to return to the survey and edit your answers anytime using the same device. We appreciate your input into our planning process.

 
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POPUP ONLINE SALES

The Freeman Store has online popup sales via a dedicated website.  These sales happen about once a month and last for one week with a contact-less pickup on our front porch.

Please watch for an announcement here about our next popup sale date!

You can also stay connected with us on Instagram or our Facebook group.  Email us any time if you have a question or if you’d like to purchase something!

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HVI Fall Membership Meeting

“Highlights of Vienna’s African American History”

The Fall Membership meeting of Historic Vienna, Inc. was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 via Zoom.  There was a brief business meeting before the program, and this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was announced. All HVI Membership meetings are free and open to the public.

Gloria Runyon and Sylvia Taylor, long time Vienna residents, members of the Historic Vienna, Inc. Board of Directors and members of the First Baptist Church of Vienna, collaborated to present Highlights of Vienna’s African American History. They discussed long-time families, their contributions to the community and important sites including churches, schools, cemeteries, parks, homes and landmarks.

Their presentation was a portion of their African American Historical Van Tour of Vienna, which, in total, includes 22 historical sites. The tour was initiated in 2017 at First Baptist Church of Vienna as part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration. It was added to the Town of Vienna Parks & Recreation Programs and Events Guide from 2018 to 2020. Gloria and Sylvia have given tours as requested and a presentation of African American Historic Presence and Contributions in the Vienna Area to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at Patrick Henry Library.  Their mission is to research, enlighten, stimulate interest, and foster appreciation for the rich heritage and enduring legacy of the community’s African American ancestors who lived in Vienna and surrounding areas in Fairfax County.

Please stay tuned for the link to listen and watch this fascinating program.  There were some technical difficulties with the recording, and we hope to have them resolved soon and available for you here.  Our apologies for the inconvenience. 

 

 

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Covid-19 Experience Archive

We have closed our first Covid-19 Survey Monkey Questionnaire and we would like to thank everyone who participated. It is so important for HVI to accurately capture this point in time for future reflection. Please be on the lookout for a second survey focused on how our community is navigating through this pandemic in the fall.  The results from our first survey can be seen at https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-FYYCPXWH7/ 

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Many organizations have released statements about the issues that recent protests addressed. The statement released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation https://savingplaces.org/press-center/media-resources/statement-on-death-of-george-floyd-and-the-aftermath#.XtkBhTpJGUk caught our attention. It said:

We believe that historic preservation can play a critical role in acknowledging and healing the divisions in our nation, by telling the full story of our often-difficult history, by elevating and preserving the enormous and important contributions African Americans have made to our nation, and by carrying that powerful legacy forward through places of truth and reconciliation.

We at Historic Vienna agree with the National Trust’s statement that we can play a critical role in the healing the divisions in our nation. We will continue to preserve all of Vienna’s history and strive to tell the full story.

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Our 2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS will give you an idea of the events offered by Historic Vienna, Inc.  Please note, however, that all in person events and tours were unfortunately cancelled this year due to the pandemic.  

2020 Calendar

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Please support Historic Vienna Inc. using Amazonsmile !

Amazon Smile LINK

When you purchase any eligible item on Amazon, 0.5% of the item price is donated to our 501c3 Non-profit organization.  Thank you!

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