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.
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 Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle is shown here circa 1892 with his wife and four children.
|Wiehle ca. 1950 and now, along Old Reston Avenue||.|
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