The Historic Herndon Depot Museum

By Jun S.

The Historic Herndon Depot Museum is a popular destination for people who seen interesting historical exhibits. The museum houses artifacts from the city’s founder, artifacts from World War II, historical railroad memorabilia and numerous other fascinating items. The city’s historical society also meets at the museum to hold three annual meetings, all of which are open to the public.

The former Depot was built in 1857, served several railroads, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The building houses railroad memorabilia, artifacts from the USS Herndon from World War II, and artifacts concerning United States Navy Commander William Lewis Herndon for whom the town was named. The railroad and the depot closed in August 1968. The building is a one-story rectangular wooden vertical board and batten structure with original door and window framings, baggage doors, the semaphore, and some hardware.