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I am doing research on Herndon, Va. My research shows that a train depot was built in the Herndon area in 1857 for the Alexandria, Loudoun, and Hampshire (AL&H) railroad. The town wasn't named until 1858 when the Post office was established. The railroad reached Herndon in 1859. In 1879 the AL&H was renamed the Washington and Ohio Railroad, and subsequently aqcuired by Southern in 1894.

If I'm talking to the association for the Southern Railroad, my question is this: Are there any records available that would indicate what the name of the Herndon area was before it was named Herndon in 1858? Since there was a depot built in 1857, the railroad might have had a designation for the area.


Chuck Mauro

-- Chuck Mauro (, April 14, 1999


I used to live in Herndon and I found a web page: that talks about the history of Herndon in its 'community' section. It appears that the town was named when the post office was established. You might also contact the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 703-437-8855; 768 Center St., Herndon, VA 20170 for more information.

-- Linda Howard (, September 04, 1999.

You may want to contact:

Fairfax County Historical Society @ 703-246-2123 Herndon is in Fairfax County, they may have info.

Town of Herndon Information 1-800-777-1758

-- R.L.Reedy (, May 10, 2001.

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