Reston History

Conceived by Mr. Robert E. Simon back in 1964, Reston is internationally known for being the first modern, post-war planned community in America. Mr. Simon used funds from his family’s recent sale of Carnegie Hall to create his vision of Reston – a blend of open space, business, recreation and residential living, bringing residents together in an environmentally-friendly and non-exclusive community.

Nearly 50 years later, Mr. Simon’s vision continues to thrive in Reston’s open-air Town Center, its many natural spaces, and its numerous village centers. This appealing blend of spaces to live, work and play has drawn a number of organizations and amenities, resulting in countless recreational opportunities for residents. Theatre and art, biking and swimming, festivals and photography represent just a few of the activities available.

Luckily, Reston’s national recognition has not detracted from Mr. Simon’s original vision. Regulations established early on in its design and development helped avert typical problems associated with a region’s popularity and ensuing growth. Restonians continue to live, work and play in their community and enjoy its guiding principles.

Learn more about Reston’s history here or visit the Reston Museum's website.