Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Freeman Store and Museum Included on the Virginia Landmarks Register

Readers may recall that I have talked about the Freeman Store in Vienna, Virginia a few times in previous posts. (See here and here, for example.)  At the time of the Civil War, the building was known as Lydecker Store.  The store served as a polling place for the May 23, 1861 vote on the Virginia Ordinance of Secession.  Lydecker's was one of three precincts in Fairfax that voted against secession. 

Thanks to the Fairfax Civil War Facebook page for making me aware that the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) has placed the store on the Virginia Landmarks Register.  The press release can be found here and the application can be found here. The DHR will now forward the application to the National Park Service for a decision on whether to include the Freeman Store on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

I would invite readers to take a look at the application, which contains a wealth of information about the store during the Civil War.  I am also honored that my blog was cited in support of the history included in the application. 

Congrats to the Town of Vienna and Historic Vienna, Inc.!  An NRHP listing can't be too far away!  And to readers who haven't visited, I would recommend stopping by this site the next time you are in the area.


Fairfax Civil War said...

I'm so glad you saw my post about the Freeman Store! The good folks in Vienna are to be commended on their efforts! Keep up the great work Ron, you are doing Northern Virginian history buffs proud!

Thomas Wilbur said...

Yes, congratulation to Vienna and Historic Vienna,Inc!.
Ron - in an earlier post, you said you would discuss the Secession Vote Re-enactment at Lydecker Store - well, this is the best thing you could have done!
I posted the Re-enactment on YouTube at:

Fairfax Civil War said...

I was in Blacksburg at Virginia's Civil War Commission Signature Conference the day the Secession Vote Re-enactment took place so I'm so excited to see this post! I didn't know video of the event existed. Thank you Thomas!!!!! I've listed both videos you posted on YouTube as "favorites" on the Fairfax Civil War YouTube page at www.youtube.com/fairfaxcivilwar150

Ron Baumgarten said...

@Fairfax Civil War--Thanks for making us aware of the news. And thanks for the compliment. I really enjoy spreading the word about our fascinating Civil War history!

Ron Baumgarten said...

@Thomas--I really liked attending the reenactment and sharing my thoughts about the event. Thanks for letting us know about the YouTube posts--Truly excellent! I will post to my FB page as well.