Introduction to Herndon, Virginia
Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 2 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center) and 20 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is included in the Washington metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 21,655 people lived in Herndon.
Herndon was named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, an American naval explorer. He had captained the SS Central America and went down with the ship while trying to save more than 150 passengers and crew members. This area was named after Herndon in 1858. During the 1870s, several soldiers from the North settled down in Herndon with their families. The settlement developed into a center for dairy farming and tourism.
Herndon and nearby Attractions
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum
- Frying Pan Park
- Mount Vernon
- Wolf Trap National Park
- Washington and Old Dominion Trail
- Sully Plantation
Things To Do In Herndon
Herndon is a lively town which plays host to several celebrations throughout the year. Some of the unique local celebrations are the Taste of Town, held in the month of April, and the Herndon Festival, held in June. There are free weekly concerts every Friday night during the months of May and August. Herndon also has some historically interesting sites including the Herndon Depot Museum and the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Washington Dulles International Airport is nearby
Herndon Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are available at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Montgomery College.