Herndon, Virginia is as notable as its famous founder, William Lewis Herndon, sea captain of the ill-fated SS Central America who valiantly sacrificed his own life in order to save those of his crew and passengers when danger arose. This feeling of adventure and peril is what brings many interested individuals to Herndon, in order to locate notable historic sites within a town that has seen more than its fair share of glorious history.
Herndon celebrates some of its more notable historic background with such thrilling locations as the Herndon Depot Museum, which was the site of an exciting Civil War skirmish known as Mosby’s Raid of Herndon station. The skirmish took place in 1863 on St. Patrick's Day and is a truly wonderful destination for any history enthusiast. Besides this throw back to the Civil War, Herndon also contains an important relic of the World War II. Located within the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum is the fabled Enola Gay. The Enola Gay is the B-29 super fortress that is known for dropping two atomic bombs on Japan, sealing allied victory in the Pacific. For those not necessarily interested in historical artifacts, Herndon also contains a busy and booming artistic presence and features exhibits and craft avenues for parties who are more interested in enjoying the creative arts. Herndon contains a plethora of vintage storefronts located in its dazzling downtown marketplace. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a long and variable list of goods, sold to them directly by independent business owners who would like their customers to bring home with them not just a semblance of historic memories of an old town that still contains much life, but also to produce a feeling of American togetherness that we sometimes tend to take for granted. Take a moment to explore this incredible piece of American history. You will not be sorry that you did.