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.

Are you moving to Herndon, VA or the nearby area soon? Let the American Moving & Storage team help make your move as efficient and seamless as possible! We’ve provided residents in Northern Virginia with exceptional moving and storage services for over 30 years. For a free estimate, call us at 703-870-7975 or visit our contact page here.

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.

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.

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.

Are you moving to Gainesville, VA or the surrounding area in Northern Virginia? Let the American Moving & Storage team provide the services you need to complete a stress-free, seamless move! Schedule your move-in date with us at 703-870-7975.

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.

Guide to Living in Burke, VA

 

Burke is a town nestled between Springfield and Fairfax Station in Virginia. It is served by the Fairfax County Public School System, which in the top range of Virginia’s best school districts. Burke was named after Silas Burke, a farmer, merchant and local politician who held land in the area and allowed part of his land to be used by the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which was built in the 1840s. The community grew around this station and a post office was added in 1852. The area was predominantly rural until after World War I, when federal government workers began to move into the area and commute to DC. Today, Burke, Virginia is a community filled with vibrant neighborhoods, green space, lakes, and historic sites.

Have you visited the Pohick Stream Valley Trail next to Burke Road yet? It is a paved path and charmingly placed alongside the VRE tracks and Pohick Creek. It’s the perfect place for families and all residents to walk, bike, picnic, and stroll through nature. There are stepping stones in the middle of the creek that kids love to hop across.

Looking for public spaces for your sports? Explore Rolling Valley West Park! Well-maintained and with newly paved tennis courts, the park hosts a variety of public spaces for sports: a basketball court, soccer/football field, baseball field, and a playground. It is also right next to Pohick Regional Library, making it an easy outing for the whole family – whether you’re an indoor or outdoor kid.

Oaks Community Center is a great space with an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and rentals for events available. It is part of a network of community centers under the Burke Centre Conservancy HOA. Other community centers are: Commons Community Center, Landings Community Center, Ponds Community Center, and Woods Community Center.

Interested or planning on moving to Burke, Virginia? Let American Moving & Storage manage your entire move with quality service, reliability, and dependability. We always strive to make the moving experience for our customers to be as stress-free and efficient as possible. For a quote for your upcoming move, contact us at 703-870-7975!

Neighborhoods in Haymarket, VA

 

In 1799, the town of Haymarket began with a plan for 140 lots and 13 streets – a plan that was laid out by William Skinker, who owned the land, and the Virginia General Assembly. In 1801, the town developed and added a courthouse, clerk’s office and jail.  Haymarket was chosen as the location for the new District Court, which would serve Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Prince William County. When the District Court system was abandoned in 1807 for the Circuit Court system, the Courthouse still remained an integral part of the Haymarket community as a multi-purpose building until ownership was transferred to the Episcopal Church and later known as St. Paul’s in 1833. In 1882, Haymarket was incorporated into Prince William County and today, many of the original buildings in the center of the town have remained.

The community of Green Hill Crossing is located in historic Haymarket and Gainesville. It includes 118 single family homes and town houses. There are two village greens and a gazebo, along with many other amenities: a clubhouse, fitness room, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, multi-purpose field, playgrounds and more.

Consisting of 2400 homes in Haymarket, the Dominion Valley community consists of gated single family and town homes. It is just off of Route 15 (James Madison Highway) and two miles away from I-66, making it a perfect location for those who need to commute for work in the DC Metro area. The amenities include: outdoor and indoor pools, tot lots, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fishing piers, and a clubhouse. The Waverly Club is open year-round with a fitness room, rooms available to rent for events and conferences, pools, and entrance to nature trails. In October 2018, Dominion Valley made the Top 25 Hottest Neighborhoods list in the Washington Business Journal.

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Parks and Recreation in Leesburg, VA

 

The county seat of Loudoun County and established in 1740, the town of Leesburg is located at the base of the Catoctin Mountain and next to the Potomac River, making it one of the most scenic areas in Virginia. Highly accessible from US-15, VA Route 7 and VA SR 267,  Leesburg is 33 miles from Washington DC and many of its residents commute to DC for work. Over the years, Leesburg has transformed itself from a rural area to a sprawling suburb. Moving to Leesburg, Virginia and looking for activities for you and the family? Check out some of our suggestions below!

Olde Izaak Walton Park is a 21-acre public park that features a pond with fishing pier, trails, and an off-leash dog park. The dog park is split into two areas and has ample space for neighborhood dogs to play. Residents love it as an option for an outdoor family day at the park with the dogs.

Looking for an activity for the family that has interactive, learning elements for your little ones? Check out Leesburg Animal Park at 19246 James Monroe Highway! Family-owned and operated, the zoo hosts a variety of animals for everyone to meet! Roam with farm animals such as goats, llamas, and sheep in the designated “Contact Area”, take a pony ride or watch a live animal show… there are many activities for the inquiring mind and fun things for the entire family to enjoy.

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center offers a fitness center, two indoor pools, basketball courts, raquetball courts, tennis courts, and fitness classes. Some of the organized programs include Summer camps, community outreach, sports classes, a football league, aquatics, personal training & wellness, arts & crafts, cooking, dance, music and more! Outside of the center are walking trails and large open fields. Residents love that it offers diverse options of outdoor activities and fitness for the whole family.

Whether you’re moving into or away from Leesburg, VA, the American Moving & Storage team is ready to deliver a personalized service for your move! Family-owned and operated, our crew of punctual and professional movers has provided moving services for residents in the area for over 30 years. For an estimate on your home or office move, call us at 703-870-7975!

Guide to Living in Sterling, VA

 

Located in Loudoun County in Virginia, Sterling is 29 miles west of Washington DC. The area used to be a collection of large farms which made up the Sterling Park area. The development of the Dulles International Airport changed the landscape of the community in 1959. The Broyhill family developed the area around the airport, keeping Route 28 development-free for easy commuting. Sterling has three sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places: Broad Run Bridge and Tollhouse, Vestal’s Gap Road and Lanesville Historic District, and Arcola Elementary School. Whether you’re moving to Sterling for work or family, we hope that our guide to the area is helpful!

Dulles 28 Centre is a huge outdoor shopping mall that includes many major retailers, dining and entertainment. It is just off of Route 28/Sully Rd and is easily accessible to residents. It features a large playground area that is perfect for entertaining your little ones. Adjacent to the plaza are car dealerships, making it a convenient spot if one were needing to run a variety of errands. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail also runs close to the plaza.

Another shopping plaza where you can purchase items needed for your home or business is Sterling Plaza and also has many dining options. It is just off of N Sterling Boulevard and is across from Sterling Middle School. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is also close by. After finishing your shopping, you can then take your family to the Sterling Community Center. It features an outside playground area and inside the center are rooms that you can rent out for groups and events: a gym, conference room, classroom, kitchen, and more.

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