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Freeman Store, Fairfax County.

Built in 1859, the Freeman Store, in Vienna, was strategically located at the intersection of busy Georgetown / Old Courthouse Road and the newly laid tracks of the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad. Constructed on a stone foundation, the large two-story store and residence was separated from the rail line by a creek, spanned by a pedestrian bridge. Eventually the Washington & Old Dominion Rail Road operated the line, offering passenger service to Vienna until 1951, freight service until 1968. Leon Lydecker Freeman, the county‘s first Republican delegate to the Virginia General Assembly after the Civil War, ran the store from 1906 until 1929.
   In the mid 1970s, the town restored the building to resemble its appearance in two Civil War-era photographs (here's one). Today Historic Vienna, Inc. operates the first floor as a restored general store and post office with interpretive exhibits; on the second floor is a museum and office space. The W. & O.D. rail bed is now a 45-mile hiking-biking trail.