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. . . HISTORIC HOMES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Freeman House and Store
Vienna, Virginia

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Abram Lydecker, a merchant from New Jersey and father of nine, had just completed work on his 20-room combination home and store in 1861 when the Civil War ravaged Vienna. After the Lydeckers fled, the building became attractive to both Union and Confederate armies because of its size and location next to the railroad track. At different times, both sides used it as a hospital or officers' quarters; the cellar was transformed into a stable.

Finding their home in a sorry state after the war, the Lydeckers scrubbed bloodstains from a bedroom floor, papered over autographs the soldiers had inscribed on the walls, and reconverted the makeshift stable into a commercial coal cellar. As originally planned, the downstairs became the village's first general store and the upstairs served as living quarters. The store also sufficed as Vienna's railroad station, post office and fire department.

Anderson Freeman, husband of the Lydeckers' daughter Caroline, took over operation of the multipurpose building in the 1870s. In 1894, the Freemans' son Leon and his wife moved into an eight-room section of the original house that had been taken off and relocated across the street. Although Leon Freeman sold the business in 1900, he continued to be associated with the store until it closed around 1929. The building was last inhabited in the 1950s. The Town of Vienna bought the property in 1969. Today it is operated by Historic Vienna, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that restored the house.

Text © 1998 Terry White, Drawing © 1998 Bill Harrah

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