Part of the mission of Historic Vienna, Inc. is to educate the public, preserve and promote knowledge of Vienna’s heritage and create an awareness of Vienna’s past. One way this is achieved is through a variety of talks, presentations, lectures and discussions open to the public. Whenever these have been recorded, we will make them available here.
The African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA
In October 2020, Sylvia Taylor and Gloria Runyon, long time Vienna residents, members of the Historic Vienna, Inc. Board of Directors and members of the First Baptist Church of Vienna, presented a talk on the highlights of Vienna’s African American Community. Their talk described some of the historic sites on the tour that they created to share the rich history of Vienna’s African American community. Please click here to listen to it.
The African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA, was originally created in February 2017 as one of the events held in celebration of First Baptist Church of Vienna’s 150th Anniversary. It discussed long-time families, their contributions to the community and important sites including churches, schools, cemeteries, parks, homes and landmarks.
If you would like to learn about the contributions of Vienna’s African Americans from 1867 to 2006, please take this self-guided tour containing all of the sites on their tour. You can choose to take the tour as a riding tour, either in a vehicle or on a bicycle, or as a walking tour. The walking tour is divided into 4 segments with 3 to 8 sites per segment. You can choose to download all segments together or each segment individually.
Riding Tour of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains all 22 sites.
Complete Walking Tour of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains all 22 sites.
Walking Tour Segment 1 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains 8 sites.
Walking Tour Segment 2 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains 5 sites.
Walking Tour Segment 3 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains 6 sites.
Walking Tour Segment 4 of African American Historic Sites Tour of Vienna, VA. This contains 3 sites.
Town of Vienna Tours
Our 3-block Walking Tour of Church Street is now available online. It is often assumed that Maple Avenue has always been Vienna’s Main Street, however that honor belongs to Church Street, so named because at one point there were four churches along its full length. Church Street was originally lined with a variety of stores and businesses, much as it is today.
Explore Church Street and learn about the many sites and businesses that came years before the Church Street that we enjoy today. Click here to begin the tour.
Take a tour of the Historic Sites in Vienna. This map identifies historic locations in and around the Town of Vienna. The locations identified in their description with HR appear on the Town’s Register of Historic Sites. Those designated HL are other historic locations in the area. The private homes on the map are not open to the public.
Click here to begin the tour.
Town of Vienna History
‘The Vote’ – A Liberty Moment
Click here to watch a Liberty Moment in Freeman Store history in 1861.
Getting the Vote – The Women’s Rights Movement
To honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Historic Vienna, Inc. has presented a series of 5 exhibits on the Women’s Rights Movement. Annual exhibits related to the women’s rights movement continued at the Freeman Store through 2021. On August 18, 2020, to mark the 100th anniversary of adoption of the Constitutional amendment allowing women to vote, Historic Vienna released Leigh Kitcher’s presentation: Getting the Vote: The Women’s Rights Movement summarizing the information in the first three exhibits from the origins up until the right to vote was won. Click here to view it.