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By Devry Jones, November 22, 2018
100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service Marker
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service
The aforementioned Japanese-American units from World War II are the most highly decorated units in military history. They exemplified duty, honor, and country to the utmost while taking on some of the toughest assignments during the war. . . . — Map (db m126638) HM WM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Acetylene Gas Generating Station
Circa 1900. The Herndon Gas Company was established in the early 1900s by two brothers, Edward and Benjamin Detwiler. The company provided gas for downtown Herndon street lights and for lights in a few of the Town's more affluent households. . . . — Map (db m516) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Battle of Dranesville“First Federal Victory South of the Potomac”
In the fall of 1861, Fairfax County found itself between two large armies. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and his army occupied the Centreville area. The Federal army, still regrouping after the devastating defeat at the First Battle of . . . — Map (db m115854) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Civil War at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House
The Frying Pan Spring Meeting House witnessed much Civil war activity. Union and Confederate military records mention the location numerous times as a meeting place and a site of skirmishes. In 1861 and 1862, encampments of Confederate troops . . . — Map (db m64519) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Elden House
The Coleman family, which included the Revolutionary War officer Col. John Coleman, built their home on this site around 1800. It was one of the earliest houses in the area. The Coleman's managed a 300-acre farm, a portion of which later became an . . . — Map (db m126634) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Elwardstone
Built in 1876, Elwardstone was the home of Isaiah Bready, the first mayor of Herndon. Bready operated a portion of the original 200 acre family property, which reached from the Herndon Centennial Golf Course to Grace Street, as a dairy farm. This . . . — Map (db m126635) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Frying Pan Meeting House
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Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Frying Pan Meeting House
Frying Pan Springs Meeting House was erected c. 1791 on land granted by Robert “Counsellor” Carter to a group of “Old School” Baptists. In addition to local farmers the fundamentalist beliefs of its members also attracted . . . — Map (db m5609) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — T-43 — Frying Pan Meeting House
The Frying Pan Meeting House, constructed by 1791 on land donated by the Carter family in 1783, was used for Baptist services until 1968. Named for nearby Frying Pan Branch, the church is a rare example of 18th-Century architecture in western . . . — Map (db m95104) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon Fire Department
After the "Big Fire" of 1917 the Town Council and Citizen's Association formed a volunteer fire department, the fourth in Fairfax County. By 1949, the Herndon fire department had 150 volunteers, and in 1950, the original 1929 fire house was replaced . . . — Map (db m126633) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon Fortnightly Club
The Herndon Fortnightly Club was founded in 1869 by eleven women interested in studying literature, art, science, and the popular interests of the day. Early on, the Club decided to start lending books. By 1900 they had collected over 1000 volumes. . . . — Map (db m126632) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon Station
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 . . . — Map (db m152) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon Town Square
Lynn Street and Station Street developed in the mid-19th century as Herndon's center of activity and commerce. Proximity to the railroad depot and daily visitor, farmer, resident, and commuter traffic made this area convenient for business. At the . . . — Map (db m115844) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon: A Summer Resort
Around the turn of the 19th century, Herndon became a popular summer destination for those looking for a change of pace from Washington D.C. An hour ride by train provided a convenient option for visitors to enjoy the Virginia countryside in . . . — Map (db m115851) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon's First Church
Constructed in 1872 for a North Methodist Episcopal congregation, this building ushered in a church building period in Herndon. By 1915 six churches served Herndon's growing population around its historic center. After 67 years at this location and . . . — Map (db m126640) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Herndon's Pine Street
Pine Street was already established when Herndon became a Town in 1879. Its historic mix of uses demonstrated the importance of downtown in providing local services to residents. in the 19th and early 20th centuries it had the largest building in . . . — Map (db m126639) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — In Memory of Those Lost in World War II
In memory of those lost in World War II The Home Interest Garden Club 1950 — Map (db m115848) WM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — C-24 — Laura Ratcliffe
Confederate spy Laura Ratcliffe was born in Fairfax County in 1836. During the Civil War, she became an acquaintance of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart who introduced her to then-Lt. John Mosby in 1862. Mosby credited her with preventing his capture . . . — Map (db m1642) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Laura RatcliffeCivil War Spy — Virginia Civil War Trails
Laura Ratcliffe, a spy for noted Confederate officers J.E.B. Stuart and John S. Mosby, lived here at Merrybrook after the Civil War. It is the only known remaining house associated with her. During the war, she lived two-and-a-half miles south of . . . — Map (db m126642) HM WM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid“My loss was nothing.” — Mosby's Confederacy
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1863, Confederate Capt. John S. Mosby and 40 Partisan Rangers attacked the picket post of the 1st Vermont Cavalry guarding this station on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. The detachment commander Lt. . . . — Map (db m151) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — C-25 — Mosby’s Rock
The large boulder, located just south of here, served as an important landmark during the Civil War, when Col. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers (43d Battalion, Virginia Cavalry) assembled there to raid Union outposts, communications, and supply . . . — Map (db m2165) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Mosby's Raid
On March 17, 1863, "The Grey Ghost," Captain John Singleton Mosby, and his band of Confederate Rangers of the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, conducted a surprise daytime attack near Herndon's railroad station. Mosby's Rangers captured Union . . . — Map (db m115850) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Mosby's Rock
Mosby’s Rangers (43d Bn., Va. Cav.) used this rock as a rendezvous point and met here to divide the spoils after raids. The renowned Southern spy and scout Laura Ratcliffe, who lived nearby, showed this rock to Col. (then Captain) John S. Mosby, . . . — Map (db m9957) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — The Big Fire
On the night of March 22, 1917, a fire started at a nearby livery consumed downtown Herndon including this portion of Station Street and much of Pine Street. Although the use of dynamite prevented further devastation, fourteen buildings were lost. . . . — Map (db m126637) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — The Rail Strike of 1916
In the years before motor vehicles came to dominate transportation, business was never better for the Washington & Old Dominion Railway. Demand for passenger and freight service boomed, while the W&OD's owners balked at spending the money necessary . . . — Map (db m44101) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — The Story of Arrowhead Farm
In 1946 Hal and Ruth Launders settled here on what was then a farm on the road to Centreville just south of the town of Herndon. Hal lived tin Washington before the War and worked in public relations. He served with the Coast Guard in the South . . . — Map (db m126643) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — This is W&OD Trail: Herndon!
(front side, left panel) This is W&OD Trail: Herndon! The 100-ft wide W&OD has been called "the skinniest park" in Virginia. But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, cycling and . . . — Map (db m115846) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Tracks Into HistoryThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad
The railroad that became the Washington & Old Dominion was born in Alexandria in response to the competition in shipping posed by the port in Baltimore, which was served by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The B&O was diverting farm produce from the . . . — Map (db m153) HM
Virginia (Virginia), Herndon — The Herndon Parkway6.5 Miles in Length, Completed in 1997 — Dedicated in Memory of Edward N. Stirewalt
In 1957, Planning Commission Chairman Edward N. Stirewalt originated the idea for a circular drive around the Town. This concept was placed in the Town's 1958 master plan. Construction began in the 1960's and continued as the Town grew from a . . . — Map (db m126636) HM

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