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235-0003 Herndon Historic District

Herndon Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/16/1990

NRHP Listing Date 01/11/1991

NPS property number 90002121

The core of this northern Virginia community maintains a neighborly, old-fashioned character despite its proximity to Dulles International Airport and the seemingly endless development spread across the surrounding landscape. The town sprang up around the rail depot constructed to serve the Alexandria, Loudoun, and Hampshire Railroad which reached Herndon by 1859. The settlement received its name the previous year honoring Capt. William Lewis Herndon of Fredericksburg, skipper of a packet ship which sank off Cape Hattras in 1857. Following the Civil War, Herndon became the loading point for area dairymen shipping milk to Washington. By 1911 the town was home for nineteen milk shippers. The electrification of the rail line that same year spurred the development of Herndon into a bedroom community. Most of the commercial area postdates a 1917 fire. The surrounding shady streets retain a wide range of modest housing types built from 1890 to 1920.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018