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Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Herndon Station
 
Herndon Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
1. Herndon Station Marker
 
Inscription. Herndon grew up around this railroad station. The town received its name in 1858 when the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad (later the W&OD) arrived and a post office was established in the newly built station.

Herndon quickly became the commercial center for a booming dairy industry in the surrounding countryside. Mills, farm suppliers, and retail shops were established near the railroad depot. As businesses expanded, so did the population.

Local resident Madeleine Sharp described how Herndon life in the 1940s revolved around trains: There was a 6:30 a.m. train for business people. There was a 10:00 a.m. shoppers special (time enough for lunch at Woodies and a look around the shops) and there was a 6:30 p.m. theatre train . . . A wave of the arm at the stop, or the sight of a frantic figure running across the lawn was all that was needed to stop the train and receive a welcoming nod from the engineer.
 
Erected by Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park and The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.226′ N, 77° 23.157′ W. Marker is
 
Herndon Station With the Three Markers in the Foreground Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats
2. Herndon Station With the Three Markers in the Foreground
Pavement is the 45-mile long Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which is on the former right of way of the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad from Alexandria to Purcellville. Station Street is between the markers and the station.
 
in Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Station Street north of Elden Street (Virginia Route 228), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This and two other markers face the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which crosses Station Street at the markers. The old railroad station is across the street. A free municipal parking lot opposite the old train station—now a visitor's center for the Town of Herndon—is a few steps from the markers and the trail. Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid (here, next to this marker); Tracks Into History (here, next to this marker); Acetylene Gas Generating Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rail Strike of 1916 (about 500 feet away); Laura Ratcliffe (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Herndon.
 
Also see . . .
1. About Herndon. Herndon History. (Submitted on March 10, 2006.) 

2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

3. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 
 
The Station Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
3. The Station
 
 
The Station Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
4. The Station
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,568 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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