Herndon is an incorporated town in Fairfax County.
Originally established in 1857 as a stop on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad, a post office with the name Herndon was established on July 13, 1858. The name came from Captain William Lewis Herndon, captain of the SS Central America, which had sunk in September of 1857, who was considered a hero for his actions during the sinking.
Herndon was incorporated as a town on January 14, 1879. The original area of the town, 4⅓ square miles, was deliberately so large to prevent saloons from being established too close to the railroad station in the town.
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