The Complete Guide to Living in and Moving to Herndon, VA

Moving to Herndon, VA  

One of the first buildings constructed in Herndon, VA was the mill (in the 19th century) which was built in the intersection of what is now Elden and Locusts Street today. The railroad arrived in 1850 and the village was developed further. After establishing a post office at the new railroad depot in 1857, residents agreed on the name for the town to be Herndon – named after the brave Commander William Lewis Herndon who had gone down with his ship (the S.S Central America) to save his crew and the people on the ship.

During the Civil War, part of the town’s railroad was seized by the Union Army for travel but Herndon faced little damage although other parts of the track and bridges were destroyed. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1863, Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby led the raid in Herndon to combat the 1st Vermont Calvary, who was posted at the Herndon Depot. While the railroad and the Herndon Depot was part of much of the town’s rich history, its last operation was on August 1968 – its last cargo being the sand needed for the concrete for the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The principal employers in Herndon are: Fannie Mae, Amazon Web Services, Navy Federal Credit Union, Booz Allen Hamilton, Peraton, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Serco, Town of Herndon, Boeing Corporation, and the Airline Pilots Association.

Did you know that every residential community within Herndon is within a mile or less of a park? There are also many annual community events. In May, there is: Friday Night Live! (free concerts May–August), Farmers’ Market (May–October), Towne Square Singers, Big Truck Days, Public Works Forest and Meadow Wildflower Walk. In June, the Herndon festival is held for four days and has a variety of attractions and entertainment for the family. The festival is hosted by the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from local civic organizations and businesses. In July, there are 4th of July celebrations with fireworks. In September, there’s the Labor Day Jazz Festival, Annual Motorcycle Poker Run (Fraternal Order of Police), Annual NatureFest Celebration, and the HerndonHalf Marathon, 12k, and 5k.

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Things to Do in Centreville, VA


In western Fairfax County, Centreville in Virginia is located twenty miles from Washington DC. The area was previously known as Newgate (name taken from a nearby tavern) in the 1760s, and the area had London influences such as the small stream being called the River Thames. In 1792, local landowners petitioned for the development of Centreville – its name deriving from the fact that it was central to areas such as: Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton and Leesburg. It used to be part of Loudoun County but became part of Fairfax County after the boundaries changed in 1798. There was a boom in population in the 1990s and 2000s, which led to its development with both residential and commercial use today.

The weather is warming up quickly and there’s no better activity for the family than the local, public park! Centreville is graced with green spaces provided by these parks: Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Flatlack Stream Valley Park, Virginia Chase County Park, Lanes Mill Park, and Centre Ridge North Park. You can enjoy the accessibility to nature trails, tot lots, creeks, streams, courts, fields, and more!

For dining and shopping options, Centreville has plenty to choose from. Centrewood Plaza on Germain Dr has a grocery, restaurants, coffee shop, dry cleaners, and salon. There are also other centers nearby – Centreville Square Shopping Center, Centreville Crest, and Pickwick Square – with even more options for food, shopping and recreation. Centre Ridge Marketplace just down Centreville Road has additional shopping, a gym, and a movie theater.

Looking for a golfing range to improve your game? Discover Twin Lakes Golf Course! It has tee times available for reservation, a clubhouse with a restaurant and pro shop, practice facilities, instructional courses, leagues, and junior golf. It is located in 6201 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA 20124 which is close to Centreville.

We hope that our guide to Centreville, VA has given you some insight into the area before your move. For your moving logistics and storage services, don’t hesitate to call American Moving & Storage at (703) 870-7975.

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Churches in Aldie, VA


Between Chantilly and Middleburg lies the town of Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia. Located on John Mosby Highway (US Route 50), it is a scenic town between the Catoctin Mountains and Bull Run Mountains. James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, established his home in Aldie, naming the property Oak Hill. Are you moving into Aldie, Virginia this Spring and looking for churches to consider membership to for you and your family?

Aldie United Methodist Church is located at 39325 John Mosby Hwy and across the street from the US post office. Their mission is focused on community outreach, spiritual growth, mission projects, faith and worship. They have multiple ministries: Bible Study, United Methodist Women, Seven Loaves Pantry, and Prayer Quilt Ministry. They are always welcome to new members – stop by for Sunday Service, faith sharing, bible study or choir practice.

Aldie Presbyterian Church is at 23262 Meetinghouse Ln and near Aldie Elementary School. They believe in advocacy, prayer, worship, education, community, and equity. Their ministries include Presbyterian disaster assistance, hunger program, United Nations, Peacemaking Program, Environmental, and more.

Located at 39518 John Mosby Highway, The Church of Our Redeemer (Episcopal) is welcoming to all who are searching for peace and sanctuary, comfort and forgiveness, and fellowship. They believe in building out the community, selfless love, prayer, leadership and spirituality. They have Sunday service, Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and coffee hour at the Parish Hall.

Just south of Gilbert’s Corner on 24337 Old Carolina Road, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church has its doors open to everyone. They have Sunday school and worship services every week.

We hope that our guide to churches in Aldie, VA lends some helpful insight into the neighborhood! If your family is moving to the Loudoun County area and is feeling the stress from coordinating everything, let American Moving & Storage lift the burden off your shoulders! We provide professional moving and storage services for long distance and local moves. Our strong, efficient crew and spacious trucks are ready for your move-in date! Schedule with us here.

Neighborhoods in Fairfax, VA


The city of Fairfax in Virginia received its name from Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, who was awarded the land (5 million acres) by King Charles. In the early 18th century, it was settled by farmers that came from the Virginia Tidewater region. The first land battle of the Civil War took place in Fairfax Court House in 1861. A second battle also ensued in 1863, where Union soldiers were overpowered. In 1859, Fairfax was renamed the “Town of Fairfax” and in 1961, it was incorporated as a city.

Fairfax has many sites that are officially on the National Register of Historic Places: Ratcliffe-Allison House (built 1812), Fairfax Public School (1873), Old Fairfax County Jail (1891), Old Fairfax County Courthouse (1800), City of Fairfax Historic District (1800), Blenheim (1855), and 29 Diner (1947). Are you and your family moving to Fairfax, VA soon or in the upcoming future? Check out our guide on neighborhoods in the Fairfax area!

Two miles south of George Mason University lies the community of Fairfax Club Estates, consisting of 272 homes. For residents, there is a common area with a swimming pool, basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground, and picnic area. The local public elementary school is Bonnie Brae Elementary and the middle/high school is James W. Robinson Secondary School.

In the heart of Fairfax County, the Fairfax Villa neighborhood has 460 homes with varied styles – from mid-century architecture to those that were built in the 1980s. The subdivision was developed with a harmonious theme in mind, with its curved roads mimicking that of a path through the woods. Residents love the calm atmosphere, the large wooded park nearby, the community pool, and the close proximity to Fairfax County public schools. The schools nearby are: Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Robert Frost Middle School, and W.T. Woodson High School.

Located on Fairfax Boulevard, the Foxtrot Colony Condominiums has 312 homes, swimming pools for adults and toddlers, basketball courts, tennis courts, 2 tot lots/playgrounds, community grills, picnic areas, and plenty of common areas for residents to use.

We hope that our guide to neighborhoods in Fairfax, VA gives you some insight into the community that you will be moving to! For your future move to Fairfax, VA or nearby, contact the American Moving & Storage team at 703-870-7975.

Things to Do in Oakton, VA


Located in central Fairfax County, Oakton in Virginia is accessible from Interstate 66 and VA State Route 123. Simply fifteen miles southwest of Washington DC, it is bordered by Fairfax in the south, Fair Oaks in the west, Vienna in the east, Merrifield in the southeast and Wolf Trap to the north. There is a variety of housing for families and single residents – condominium complexes with amenities, town homes with shopping centers close by, and single-family homes with ample yard space. Are you moving to Oakton, VA this Spring and looking for more information on the area? Check out our list of activities!

Oakton Community Park is right next door to Oakton Town Center! It’s the perfect place to take the kids to after an errand run at the shops nearby. Residents enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the well-maintained playground equipment.

Have a pet and looking for a large amount of green space? Check out Blake Lane Park! It features a soccer field, dog park, and many grassy areas.

Oak Marr RECenter has everything for the family to get their exercise in! Their facilities and amenities include a fitness room, an Olympic sized heated pool, a childcare program, room rentals for private events, racquetball courts, golfing, and soccer fields. There are also group fitness and aquatic exercise classes available. A variety of camp programs are available for children ages 3-14.

Scenic walks are easy to come by in Oakton! The Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail runs adjacent to Difficult Run. The trail is accessible from many neighborhoods and features flora and fauna native to Virginia. It’s a perfect place to jog or take a nature walk with your family with its beautiful, tranquil scenery of the stream valley.

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Moving in Gainesville, VA


In western Prince William County in Virginia, the town of Gainesville was once known as “Middle Grounds” in the colonial days, due to it being located between Broad Run and Bull Run. In the early creation of the Warrenton-Alexandria Turnpike, a stable was set up at the part of it that passed through Middle Grounds. Stagecoach drivers had the opportunity to switch horses at this stable. Businesses developed from this new foot traffic, and this settlement was called “New Stable”.

Thomas Brawner Gaines was the one credited with bringing the railroad through the village, and he also was a major landowner in the area. He sold the right-of-way through his land along the Warrenton Turnpike (US Route 29) to the Manassas Gap Railroad. After completion of the railroad, he sold more land that would be used as a train depot and the rail stop was named after him – Gainesville. It was a shipping point for grain, timber, and cattle until the early 1960s. In the Civil War, it was occupied by both Confederate and Union troops and Thoroughfare Gap in the Bull Run Mountains was used as a footpath for the First and Second battles at Bull Run. The first townhome community was built in 1994, and with it came more development to the flourishing town that it is today.

Have you visited the Conway Robinson State Forest? It is a 444-acre forest providing for the surrounding fauna and flora. There are scenic, maintained trails for bikers, joggers, and walkers. The trees provide great shade so it’s a nice spot to take the family to in the Summer.

Next door to Gainesville on I-66 is Manassas National Battlefield Park. Perfect for history buffs or if you’d like to plan a light hike, the fields take you through the First Battle and Second Battle of Manassas between Confederate and Union armies in the Civil War. Explore the museum, hike the battlefield, or book a guided tour!

Golfers in your family looking for a place to tee off? Stonewall Golf Club provides golfing and hospitality next to Lake Manassas! They also provide rentals for private events, weddings, holiday parties and meetings. The Brass Cannon offers indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking the golf course and lake.

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Living in Ashburn, VA


The original name of the town of Ashburn, Virginia was Farmwell – named after the 1,236-acre plantation owned by George Lee, great-grandson of Thomas Lee. In 1841, John Janney, a Quaker lawyer who was a candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1839, purchased a section of the land and called it Ashburn Farm. Today, Ashburn is considered part of the Dulles Technology Corridor, the location of many technology companies and data centers.

Ashburn is served by Loudoun County Public Schools. There are 6 private schools: Ideal Schools High School, St. Theresa Catholic School, Virginia Academy, Leport School, The Loudoun Country Day School, and County Christian School. George Washington University and Strayer University have campuses located in Ashburn.

Ashburn attracts many in the STEM industry. Verizon Business, Equinix, Wikimedia Foundation, and Amazon Web Services have locations in Ashburn. The National Transportation Safety Board, the regional headquarters of the NTSB Aviation Eastern Region, is located in the Ashburn Aviation Field Office. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus also resides in Ashburn. There are also government contractors such as Telos and the second location of Airbus Group, Inc.

Broadlands Village Center features 35 restaurants, services and specialty stores. It is easily accessible from the Dulles Greenway and Claiborne Parkway. No need to run all over the town for your errands, everything you need is there! There are a variety of food options along with a grocery store, the post office, salons, an auto shop, a day care, and more. Another shopping center is the Shoppes at Ryan Park, which has a variety of retailers, residences, offices, and entertainment. Cameron Chase Village Center is another plaza with dining and shopping options.

Whether you’re moving for school, work or family, we hope that our guide gives you the inside look you were looking for in Ashburn, VA. For a personalized moving experience, you can trust in the American Moving & Storage team! For over 30 years, we’ve delivered efficient, professional services for our customers’ home and office moves. Schedule with a representative at 703-870-7975!

Neighborhoods in Herndon, VA


Inside what is considered the Dulles Technology Corridor, the town of Herndon is located in Fairfax County. In its early history, it was a small portion of the “Northern Neck” land that King Charles II granted to Thomas Culpeper in 1688. In the early 19th century, a mill, the first sign of settlement, was constructed in what is now the intersection of Elden and Locusts Streets in Herndon. A railroad depot was established in 1857 and when deciding on the name of the burgeoning community, residents agreed on Herndon, after William Lewis Herndon, the heroic commander of the S.S. Central America who went down with his ship to save the lives of its crew and passengers.

The construction and use of the railroad furthered Herndon’s development. The railroad was initially used to transport milk to the city for distribution, but it also was used by those who lived in the city to go to their vacation homes in Herndon. On March 22, 1917, there was a large fire that ravaged businesses and homes in the downtown area of Herndon.The area was later re-built. The last job of the railroad was for transport of construction materials for the Washington Dulles International Airport, and the last train to leave Herndon Depot was in August 1968.

Hiddenbrook is a community in Herndon that was built in the 1970’s with 393 homes of traditional and modern styles. Residents can purchase membership to the community swim and tennis club, along with access to the Hiddenbrook clubhouse, which members can rent for events. The clubhouse also has a pool with a diving board, toddler wading pool, and a vortex slide. There is a playground and two tennis courts. Dranesville Elementary School is adjacent to the community. Folly Lick Park is close by and has a nature trail that follows Folly Lick Branch.

The Reflection Homes community in Herndon includes 586 homes, 388 townhomes and 198 detached homes. It is a family-friendly area with a community pool, parks, and trails. Close by is Hutchison Elementary School and Hutchison Park. Your choice of grocery stores, retail shops, and restaurants are easily accessible from the neighborhood.

We hope that our guide to Herndon, VA gives you some insight into the community. Are you moving soon in Fairfax? Contact the American Moving & Storage team to deliver your family’s local or remote move! Schedule by calling us at 703-870-7975 or fill out our moving quote form here.

Churches in Vienna, VA


Vienna is a town located in Fairfax County in Virginia, 12 miles west of Washington DC and 2 miles east of Fairfax, the county seat. Interstate 66 is its main highway, with VA Route 123 going through its downtown. The first recorded home built in the area was in 1767 and called Ayr Hill, named after John Hunter’s birthplace in Ayr, Scotland. The surrounding community was called this until in the 1850s, when William Hendrick moved in the area and named the land after his hometown in New York – Vienna (but the one in New York is now known as Phelps). Today, you can still find several historical landmarks that are from the Civil War and Vienna’s history and role in it. Are you moving to Vienna, VA and looking for a resource for  churches in the area? Explore our guide

Considered the first and oldest church in Vienna, Virginia, the First Baptist Church of Vienna (FBCV) was founded in 1867 and the original structure was built using the lumber from a Civil War Barracks, through the Freedman Bureau. The building served as a school, along with a meeting place for religion and civil use. It was relocated to its current location at 450 Orchard Street NW and later expanded to meet the needs of its focus on Christian worship, missionary activities, evangelism, community, and Christian education. Today, the FBCV community keeps growing in membership and has a large, diverse outreach.

Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) was organized with 9 members in 1871 and was considered a tiny village church, with less than a hundred members and sharing a pastor with another church. With the growth and development of Vienna, today it is a growing congregation of more than 2,600 members and is the largest Presbyterian church in the Washington DC area. The church’s mission is to serve those in need, follow Christ’s mission, and reaching out to the community with hope, love and faith.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church focuses on faith, education, and outreach. The church used to be part of St. James Parish in Falls Church, but due to growing membership, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish was established in 1955. Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School was established in 1957. In 1973, a new building for the church was built, along with a 3-bell tower to welcome worshipers.

We hope that our guide to churches in the Vienna area is helpful to those who are moving to the community soon or plan to in the future! Need someone to execute your moving plan? Trust in the moving specialists at American Moving & Storage! We offer services for local moves, long distance moves, packing, shipping, and more! Schedule with us today at 703-870-7975 or fill out our contact form here.