One of the earliest Civil War clashes happened in Vienna, and the area is also home to the Freeman House, a polling place for the secession vote, which was used as a hospital for both sides during the war. Today several historical markers detail this history.
Located in Fairfax County, just south of the Potomac River and 20 miles west of Washington D.C., Vienna is a small town with plenty of character. You’ll find music, craft beer, and lots of nature here—and as home to the only U.S. National Park devoted to the performing arts, Vienna is filled with culture.
Plenty of history and cultural heritage
Home to Wolf Trap National Park, an indoor/outdoor venue that hosts major musical acts and theater throughout the year, Vienna is synonymous with both history and culture. The Freeman Store and Museum has been a central part of the community since 1858. The site is still an active general store, proffering old-fashioned gifts and toys. A small museum within houses displays on two floors.
Family-oriented with a focus on food and the arts
Vienna is a haven for good food and drink. Home to the Caboose Brewing Company, which offers a variety of craft beer, the town is also well known for dining favorites like Clarity, which serves new American fare; Ristorante Bonaroti, an Italian outpost with old-world charm; Taco Bamba, a colorful, counter-serve storefront dishing up Mexican eats; and Zenola Mediterranean Restaurant, which specializes in Lebanese fare.
Crowded streets and the congestion of the city
At the heart of Vienna is Maple Ave, busy with restaurants, retail, and a fair amount of traffic, but this Main Street sector is a quiet comparison to busy city life. The block is lined with coffee shops and consignment—all locally owned.
Stately single-family residences as well as a mix of townhomes and condos
New construction abounds in Vienna, and here, you’ll find well-appointed residences mixed with a range of townhomes and condos.
The quiet, small-town charm
Life is simple in Vienna, and the community is connected. Several sites are popular with residents, including Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, which features 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections; the Children's Science Center Lab, an interactive museum with educational activities; Holmes Run Stream Valley Park, a scenic greenbelt that follows Holmes Run Stream; and Nottoway Park, a spacious community park that features sports fields and picnic space.
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