Introduction to Reston, Virginia
Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 18 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is in the Washington area.
During the 18th century, the area now known as Reston was owned by Lord Fairfax. In the 1880s, C.A. Wiehle bought the land which was later sold to A. Smith Bowman. He constructed a bourbon distillery on the site, while the rest of the area was farmland. In 1961, Robert E. Simon bought most of this land, except for the area which held the distillery. This distillery was in operation until 1987. It was Simon who conceived of Reston as a planned community. It was founded on April 20, 1964, and named after Simon’s initials. It is currently an unincorporated census-designated place in the western Fairfax County of Virginia.
Reston and nearby Attractions
- Reston Regional Library
- John Wesley Powell Federal Building
- A Smith Bowman House
- Lake Fairfax
- Reston Golf Course
- Lake Fairfax County Park
Things To Do In Reston
While in Reston, one can pay a visit to Reston Town Center, Reston Industrial Venture Park, Reston Visitor Center, A Smith Bowman House, and John Wesley Powell Federal Building. For those interested in the local history and culture, a visit to the U.S. Geological Survey Clarence King Library or Reston Regional Library may prove fruitful. Tthe town also has several beautiful lakes and creeks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Newport, Lake Thoreau, Stave Run, and Dog Run. The churches and cemeteries are also worth visiting. Lake Anne Plaza Shopping Center and Hunters Woods Village Center Shopping Center provide a host of entertainment facilities for visitors. In addition, every year there are many celebrations in the town such as the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and the Reston Festival.
Washington Dulles International Airport is nearby.
Reston Higher Education
Residents of Reston can enroll at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Montgomery College, and Marymount University.