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Friday, March 30, 2012

Wiehle legacy lives on in Reston, Fairfax Times, March 30, 2012

Three buildings remain from original town

Seventy-five years before Robert E. Simon purchased 6,750 acres of Northern Virginia countryside in 1961 for $13 million — and turned it into what is known today as Reston — another wealthy entrepreneur also attempted to build a self-named utopian community in the same area.
His name was Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle.
Reston Museum photo Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle is shown here circa 1892 with his wife and four children.
Today, the Wiehle name lives on most notably as an avenue and the name of a future Metro station expected to open in Reston next year. But according to historian Karen Washburn, only three original structures of Wiehle’s 19th-century planned community remain. . . .
Reston Museum photo
This photo looking up Old Reston Avenue from Sunset Hills Road shows the original Wiehle Town Hall, which can be seen in the distant center of the photo, under the streetlight. The railroad tracks are today the W&OD Trail.
Wiehle ca. 1950 and now, along Old Reston Avenue.

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And, for those of you who have been wondering why Reston was not created as a town, read to the very end of the article. 

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