Town of Herndon

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The Town of Herndon is an incorporated town in Fairfax County.



Originally established as a stop on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire railroad in the 1850's[1], the Town of Herndon was incorporated on January 14, 1879.[2]

The town's downtown business district was swept by a large fire that destroyed 16 businesses and two homes on March 22, 1917.[3]

In 2005, the town attracted both protests and significant media attention with the opening of the Herndon Official Worker Center, a taxpayer-funded center for day laborers.[4] The Center closed after 21 months, on September 14, 2007.[5]


Herndon operates under a Council/Manager style of government, where a council is elected to set policies for the town, and a town manager is appointed by the council to carry out policies and oversee basic operations.[6]


  1. Netherton, Ross De Witt, and Nan Netherton. Fairfax County in Virginia: A Pictoral History. Norfolk: Donning, 1986. Print.
  2. Mauro, Chuck. "Looking Back to 1879." Herndon, VA Patch., 6 Feb. 2011. Web. 17 Feb. 2012.
  3. "A History of Herndon, Virginia". Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. Aizenman, N. C., and Timothy Dwyer. "Words Fly at Day-Laborer Center in Herndon." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2005. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <>.
  5. Brulliard, Karin. "'What We Had Here Was a Family'" Washington Post. The Washington Post, 15 Sept. 2007. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <>.
  6. Town of Herndon Government, Town of Herndon Website,, Retrieved 17 February 2012

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