7 Historic Vienna Neighborhoods to Wander Through
If you’re looking for a new place to take your dog for a walk, or you’ve been stuck in the house for too long, look no further than here for new places to wander through. The Town of Vienna, Virginia, boasts many historic streets with landmarks and homes that are more than a hundred years old.
Every year, the town hosts an annual walk where residents and the Historic Society allow tourists to walk through the homes and neighborhoods. But you don’t have to wait for the Walk to stroll around these streets.
1. Walnut Lane NW
Walnut Lane NW is one of Vienna’s oldest neighborhoods. Located near Church Street, this charming neighborhood features several historic homes, including some that have been registered with the Town of Vienna as historic properties. Some of these houses were built as far back as the 1860’s, and have been wonderfully preserved. Cushioned by large, ancient oak trees and green hills, this neighborhood is a delight to walk through.
Homes here were built on land purchased from Captain H. L. Salsbury, in 1880. Other homes were built in the early 1900’s and feature architecture from that time period, which includes fishtail scallops, clay and stone foundations, plaster walls, and wavy window glass.
2. Wade Hampton Drive SW
This neighborhood does not look like it belongs only half an hour away from the capital of the United States. It has sprawling properties and sleepy, well-lit homes with fences. Country living has never looked so comfortable. Located close to Maple Drive, Wade Hampton Drive SW was one of the streets that hosted the Vienna trolley in the nineteenth century.
The neighborhood has since been subject to some updates. A few businesses have built on the corners, making it a part of the town without ruining the historic look of the neighborhood.
3. Creek Crossing Road NE
A historic house here was built from beams and wood made at the Hunter’s Mill sawmill in 1890. Known as “Maple Shade” and found on Creek Crossing Road NE, the house boasted a cistern in the basement and square nails in the framework.
This road intersects with Wolftrap Creek, bringing a bit of peace and tranquility to the already well-established residential area.
Creek Crossing Road NE is also close to Foxstone Park, where more recently, a little bit of obscure history happened during the Cold War. FBI agent Robert Phillip Hanssen would sell government secrets to the Soviet Union from 1979 until his arrest in 2001 at the footbridge between Creek Crossing Road NE and Foxstone Park.
4. Lewis Street NW
Homes built as far back as 1904 grace this street, which branches off from Lawyers Road. One of the houses in this neighborhood was the first residential home to be registered with the Register of Vienna’s Historic Homes and Structures. It has a carved wooden staircase and the original tin roof from 1904.
The West End Cemetery is also located on this street. It was meant to be a cemetery for African Americans in the town in the nineteenth century. West End Cemetery was founded by Captain H. L. Salsbury, who had commanded a division of African-American soldiers during the Civil War for the Union. It contains 27 gravestones.
5. Windover Avenue NW
The Windover Heights historic district is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Vienna. Every year it hosts a Walk on the Hill, complete with a guided tour of the 47 historic properties in the area. The area is well-cultivated during the spring, so those who wish to walk through it will get a full view of the blooms in the gardens. The Walk is sponsored by residents of the neighborhood, as well as the Historic Vienna Society and the Town of Vienna.
6. East Street NE
Turn from Creek Crossing NE onto East Street NE to see some more of this town’s rich heritage. After World War II, a place called Wolf Trap Lodge was built on East Street NE. It was originally used as a hunting lodge. A bird sanctuary was also built on this street, next to the lodge.
Some of the trees in this neighborhood have been contestants for the Town of Vienna’s oldest trees.
7. Park Street SE
The King family, an old Vienna family, built a large house on this street in 1925. It has been updated somewhat since it was first built, but some of the existing structure is still original.
The neighborhood is flanked by the Cedar Park Shopping Center on the corner.