Herndon, the largest of three incorporated towns in Fairfax County is 22 miles from downtown D.C. It is part of the Dulles Technology Corridor, housing businesses such as Deltek and K12. The town contains Dulles International Airport and the National Air and Space Musem’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
The coming of the railroad in the 1850s spurred Herndon's development. The village needed a name in order to establish a post office at the new railroad depot, built in 1857. Residents met and, according to legend, a survivor of the wreck of the S.S. Central America was present and recounted the heroism of the ship's commander, William Lewis Herndon, who had gone down with the ship. The impressed group decided that the new village would be named for Commander Herndon. When the Town of Herndon was incorporated in 1879, it encompassed 4.25 square miles. The railroad defined the Town, with dairy farms located around Herndon shipping their milk daily to Washington for processing and distribution. The railroad also transported city dwellers looking for respite in the countryside, with several spacious summer houses appearing in Herndon.
With the advent of cars, trucks and better roads, the railroad became less of a necessity for Herndon farmers and residents. The last big job for the railway was hauling sand to be used in the concrete mix for the runways at Washington Dulles International Airport. The last train left the Herndon Depot in August 1968.
Packed with outstanding recreational activities, the award-winning Herndon Community Center offers many programs and events. Enjoy the town's 11 parks or take a hike on the W&OD Trail, which runs through the heart of downtown Herndon. Or spend a day on the links at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, named one of Golf Digest's "Places to Play."
The Town of Herndon is home to residents who benefit from the proximity of a major metropolitan area - 22 miles from downtown Washington, DC - but also from our small town charm, our rich heritage and our strong sense of community.
They include neighborhoods such as:
Fox Mill - Fox Mill Estates single-family colonial, traditional, and contemporary homes. Fox Mill Estates is strategically positioned for a commute into Washington, DC, have great schools, are conveniently located to many restaurants and shops.
Discovery Square - Discovery Square is a modern yet simplified approach to city-living. The neighborhood is positioned to be easily accessible to shopping, dining and entertainment options.