Reston might not be able to trace its roots to Colonial times like many of its neighbors, although it sits on land originally owned by Lord Fairfax, but the “New Town Experiment” of founder Robert E. Simon has its own unique story, having been purposely designed as a cluster of “villages” connected by walkable paths.
Reston was also created to be an open and welcoming community for everyone, at a time when the nation was still struggling with Civil Rights issues and providing integrated housing for all. Simon wanted a community with opportunity for the fullest use of leisure time and somewhere that people could remain in one single place throughout their lives.
Beloved Bob Simon passed away in 2015 at the age of 101, still a resident of Reston. He lived to see much of his dream come true, and many of Reston’s inhabitants today are grateful for his vision.