763 Grace Street, Herndon Seminary: Mary Lee Castleman, an active member of the St. Timothy's Episcopal Mission, wanted to establish a proper school for girls. She first established the Herndon Seminary on the upper floor of the old mission building, formerly located at the corner of Grace and Vine Streets. In 1881, Mrs. Castleman built the house on this site, where she and her daughters lived and continued to run the Herndon Seminary, a private boarding and day school for young ladies. The seminary was in operation until 1926.
Photo by Mercia Hobson.
Town of Herndon crews installed four new Historic Markers in late January, adding to the Town's Marker Program. In October of 2016, Mayor Lisa Merkel unveiled the first marker, which commemorated "The Big Fire" that consumed most of downtown Herndon. The sites of the newly installed markers are Town Hall, 730 Elden Street-Herndon Dairy, 725 Center Street-Herndon School, 763 Grace Street-Herndon Seminary and 195 Herndon Parkway, Runnymede Park-Hawkins/ Carroll house.
“There are two more markers planned for installation, one for the Town Hall (730 Elden Street) and the other for the Herndon Theatre (757 Elden Street),” said Town’s spokesperson, Anne Curtis.
Described as "really beautiful" by Mayor Merkel in 2016 when she announced the unveiling of the first marker during a Town Council Public Hearing, the plaques are cast bronze, etched with a stainless steel Town Seal and bronze photo with a traditional mount for freestanding markers with a fluted post. When the final two markers are installed, there will be a total of 21 markers. “The map on the marker webpage shows all marker locations and topic/content, including those that have not been installed yet,” said Curtis.
"The historic marker program has been successful in its mission to memorialize historic sites important to Herndon and help enhance awareness of local history. A lot of Herndon’s character and sense of community can be traced to the places, people, and events highlighted in these markers,” said Bryce Perry, Deputy Director of Community Development, Town of Herndon.
For more information about the program, visit www.herndon-va.gov, search historic-marker-program and herndonhistoricalsociety.org.