Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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 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.
2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com
3. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,965 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.