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Acetylene Gas Generating Station and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Jeremy Prats, September 3, 2006
Acetylene Gas Generating Station and Marker
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 m71883) 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 — 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 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 — 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 — 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 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 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 — 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

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