Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The History of Reston International Center

By John Berry

The Reston International Center is one of the older buildings in Reston. As a resident of Reston since 2004, I have always wondered about it because it (until recent years) was the tallest or one of the tallest buildings in Reston. Whenever you would drive around Reston, the Reston International Center would be on the horizon.  An original sketch of the building is available here.

Reston International Center - 2015

It currently is undergoing a makeover as part of the Reston Heights development. The building has a long history, just a few years younger than the initial Reston development. It is a 15-story (200 feet tall), 179,000 square foot office building located at 11800 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston on the South side of Route 267 and can be seen prominently when coming from either Dulles Airport or Washington, D.C.

Reston International Center - Aug 2017
Early Development

The Reston International Center was built in in the early 1970s. The Reston International Center was completed and dedicated in 1973, as part of the combined Sheraton Inn and Conference Center development.  A picture of the development of the building can be found here, dated November 24, 1971.  I didn't realize that the building housed a cinema in the early 1970s after it was built, but was apparently the home of Reston Twin Cinemas. I wish that there was a cinema in that location now.

The building, owned by Gulf Oil Corporation, was sold to investors in 1980. During this time the building was home to many different types of businesses and groups, including Centec Consultants, E.C.O. Corporation, Montgomery Engineers of Virginia, Thomas and Associates, Inc., Cumberland Custom Homes, the Society of Packaging Professionals, Adabas (Reston) Software AG of North America, American Cardiology Technologists Association, Inc.,and the National Turkey Federation.

In newspaper research, I found that there was even a Burger Chef (I loved Burger Chef in Detroit) located next to the building; this was the pre-cursor to the Popeye's restaurant that still sits at this location.

Burger Chef in 1970s
Popeyes on November 22, 2017
There was apparently a minor electrical fire in February 1986 at the Reston International Center, but no injuries. There was also apparently a retrofit of the building scheduled in 2007, but it is hard to determine whether that took place.  I can recall the Chili's Restaurant that existed prior to 2015, which was fairly popular in Reston, but gave way to the recent development.  Apparently, the Twin Theatre was located at the Chili's location (before Chili's) and independently operated by Rene Stolbach.

Chilis -  2014

Redevelopment of Reston International Center 2017

The Reston International Center was sold in 2015 for $35 million to American Real Estate Partners. Basically, all of the businesses immediately surrounding the location would have to move, except for Popeyes which seems to continue to exist. Basically, the development is building around the Popeyes restaurant.  Presently, one can see significant development of the building and even a name change at the top of the Reston International Center.  The top of the building used to say "Reston International Center" and it now reads "Virginia Spine Institute."

Reston International Center - November 2017

As of November, 2017, it looks like the re-development of the Reston International Center is in full swing.

November 21, 2017 Development

There are a number of new buildings which were built on top of the old Chilis' building, Reston Kabob and the 7-11, and the previously existing parking lot. In store for the new development is a redevelopment that includes 385 mid-rise residences (condos) and approximately 89,000 square feet of retail, which will be referred to as Reston Heights.  Some of the retail tenants will include a 24-hour Fitness and restaurants to be determined.  It is shaping up nicely if you drive by and should be a much needed convenience to Reston residents.

I found one of the most interesting posters on Reston International Center, which appear to be fairly old.

I am looking for great things from the redevelopment.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Lakes of Reston

By John Berry

Reston has a number of lakes incorporated into its design. In Reston, there are five of them: Lake Audobon, Lake Thoreau, Lake Newport, Lake Anne, and Lake Fairfax. As a resident since only 2004, I recall asking Robert E. Simon at a dinner about 4 years ago if any of the lakes had existed before his development of Reston and he had a grin and told me that they had not. Apparently, this region of Virginia does not have natural lake development, so they had to be built.

Purpose of the Lakes

While I thought that the development of the lakes was related to home sales and recreational purposes, it turns out that there were other significant purposes that led to the developments of the lakes. One of the chief purposes of Reston's lakes were to catch storm water runoff. The lakes are tended to by the Reston Association, with the exception of Lake Fairfax (which is taken care of by the County). With the development of Reston and the clearing of the lands for homes, roads and shopping areas, there was a significant increase in water runoff which had to be dealt with. This was one of the chief purposes for the building of the lakes in Reston.

The lakes of Reston today also serve many other purposes, such as recreation (triathlon, kayaking, boating; even art displays).  Swimming (with rare exception) and ice-skating is not permitted due to health, safety and insurance issues.  The water runoff that travels to the lakes can contain pollutants and the depths of each lake vary greatly from 1 to 20 feet. There are also apparently significant insurance costs for permitting swimming.

The Building of the Lakes of Reston

The development of the first lake in Reston happened in 1958 at Lake Fairfax.

Lake Fairfax

While not part of Robert E. Simon's development, Lake Fairfax is located in Reston and was the first lake to be developed.  Lake Fairfax was built, through the private efforts of a developer named Mack Crippen, in 1958, who dammed a 20-acre area to make the lake. Lake Fairfax is run by Fairfax County and boat rentals are a popular recreation activity in the summer.

Lake Anne

The first of Robert E. Simon's planned Reston lakes was built in 1962, with the development of Lake Anne. Lake Anne was named after Robert E. Simon's second wife, Anne. Lake Anne was built on 24.8 acres and developed from a natural water-shed area. It contains approximately 118 million gallons of water. 94,000 cubic yards of earth was moved to created a 45 foot by 500 foot earth dam. The lake was completed in August of 1963 at a cost of approximately 250,000 dollars.  A Brief History of Reston, at 15.

Lake Thoreau

Lake Thoreau was built in 1971 and contains 26.5 million gallons of water.  Lake Thoreau is one of my personal favorites given that it connects to South Lakes Shopping Center.  Lake Thoreau also is often has art displays from Public Art Reston.  One can sit on the lake and eat dinner at Cafesano or Red's Table and observe the pontoon boats go by.  I will note that some readers indicated that there was previously a Lake in existence in the 1960s known as Lake Elsa or Snake Lake which pre-existed Lake Thoreau and Lake Audobon but contained portions of these two lakes.

Fish + Duck Feeding at Lake Thoreau

Lake Audobon

Lake Audobon was next built in 1979, on 43.5 acres of surface area and is the second largest of the lakes, holding a volume of about 133.6 million gallons of water.  It is also the location of the swimming portion of the Reston Triathlon and is great for kayaking.

Lake Newport

Finally, Lake Newport, the last lake to be developed in Reston, was built in 1981 and contains approximately 33 million gallons of water.  Most of the lake can be jogged around with the development of a jogging path.  It is easy to tell that this is the most recent of the lakes to be developed given the age of the homes on the lake.

Lake Newport from the Running Path
Other Reston Lake Facts

If you look at the ends of these lakes, you will notice the storm drains built into the lakes.  There are in fact some springs that do add some water to the lakes, but the vast majority of lake water comes from rains and surface water runoff.  According to the Reston Association, "the lakes store water and slow it down before it flows through various streams in the Difficult Run watershed and eventually to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay."

The lakes also contain a number of fish species.  The more common species that live in the lakes of Reston include the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and a number of others. On any given night, you can go and visit Lake Thoreau from the South Lakes Shopping Center and see any number of fish (and people feeding them).

Maintenance of the Lakes

The responsibility for maintenance of the lakes (with the exception of Lake Fairfax) is given to the Reston Association.  Occasionally, dredging and other efforts are undertaken to keep the lakes in working order.  This is no small expense.  Lake Anne was last drudged in 2016 and Lake Newport this year with a projected cost of $250,000.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Civil War in Reston

By John Berry

The Civil War in Reston, Virginia actually occurred. Not many people know that there is some Civil War history connected with the Reston, Virginia area, but in fact there was.  Keep in mind that during the Civil War the actual border areas between the Union, Washington, D.C. and the Confederacy, were a bit mobile. and shifting.  The border between North and South was not exactly a solid line between the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. In other words, the borders were not like we view them today.  Given that Reston is only about 20 miles of so from the District of Columbia, and less distance from Maryland, there is little wonder that the war reached into Reston.

Early Civil War Activity in Reston

Confederate troops were very active in the Reston area early in the Civil War. In particular, there was a fair amount of activity in the Reston area from about the Summer  of 1861 to September 1, 1862, the day of the Battle of Ox Hill (also referred to as  the Battle of Chantilly).  The Battle of Chantilly or Ox Hill was fought very close to where Fair Oaks Mall current stands and occurred just days after the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Battle of Dranesville

While many parts of the Civil War passed through or close by to Reston, the Battle of Dranesville was conducted partially within the confines of Reston.  The Battle took place on December 20, 1861 as Union Major General George B. McClellan conducted operations and probing into Northern Virginia and rebel areas. The Confederate forces during the Battle of Dranesville were under the command of Brigadier General J.E.B. Stuart. It has been rumored that Stuart Road in Reston was named for him because it was one of the routes by which he fled to Centreville, although according to the 1895 map in existence, it looks as if Brigadier General Stuart may have taken Reston Avenue as his means to flee the battle to Centreville.

General Stuart was guarding wagons with approximately 1,600 infantry, including the 11th Virginia, 10th Alabama, the 6th South Carolina and the 1st Kentucky regiments.  The Union forces were commanded by General E.O.C. Ord.  General Ord commanded the 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th Pennsylvania Reserve units.

Sketch of the Affair at Dranesville, Va. Matz, Otto H., 1895
Sketch of the Same Area - 2017
At about 12 pm on December 20, 1861, General Ord arrived at the intersection of the Georgetown Pike and Leesburg Pike, near the Sunoco that sits there today, where he confronted General Stuart's advance cavalry, which were quickly driven off by the Union troops. General Ord then began to move West, down Leesburg Pike. About an hour later, General Stuart, with the main body of his group, approached Dranesville from the south, where he faced off with the rear of the Union troops.

General Ord halted his infantry in order to address the Confederate threat, forming a line on the North side of the Leesburg Pike. He then placed his artillery units near the intersection. General Stuart moved his infantry on the south side of Leesburg Pike (on what is Reston Avenue) and his artillery south of the Union position. While the Confederate infantry was in the process of deployment, the 6th South Carolina mistook the 1st Kentucky for Union troops and opened fire, which was quickly returned by the Kentuckians.

After hearing gunfire, the 9th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment charged across the road but were quickly driven back by Confederates. The artillery then began to exchange fire, but due to the strength of the Union position, the Confederate guns were silenced. General Ord deployed his infantry in a skirmish line and sent it across the Pike at Stuart and the two sides squared off for nearly 2 hours. At about 3 pm with his wagons safely away and secure from capture, General Stuart ordered a withdrawal starting down what is now Reston Avenue, towards Centreville. General Ord pursued for a short distance, ensuring his line of retreat was safe, before breaking off the attack and returning to Langley.

Following the Battle and Return of General Stuart

The following day Stuart returned with reinforcements, but there were no Union troops present.  The Battle of Dranesville was not a major engagement and there were light casualties.  One interesting note is that it marked the first occasion where the Union had bested a Confederate opponent. It is interesting, as one is driving down Leesburg Pike to picture the government troops centered around what today would be the Sunoco, Seneca Hills Pet Hospital and Dranesville Church of the Brethren and the other side of Leesburg Pike, near Reston Avenue, held by General Stuart in the area which is now an Exxon, Seven Eleven and North Point Fire Station.

Sunoco near Leesburg & Georgetown Pike Today

Other Civil War Activity in Reston

One article notes that there is evidence of South Carolina troops using the area near Buckthorn Lane in Reston, Virginia as a lookout for Union troops.  In the article, local residents, Jim Lewis and Bob Eldridge found ridges on their property, with holes in the earth.  The two men discovered that their yards were likely trenches and rifle pits where the First South Carolina Infantry spent time watching for Union troops heading West from Washington, D.C.

While not a major location for Civil War battles, Reston definitely has some Civil War history.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Town of Wiehle, Virginia

By John Berry

The Town of Wiehle, Virginia (in what would eventually become Reston) began as a concept by Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle.  From the 1892 map below, it appears that the Town of Wiehle encompasses most of what is now North Reston.

Dr. Wiehle's Background

A little bit about the background of Dr. Wiehle.  He was born in 1847 in Germany and was the son of a German Reformed Minister. Dr. Wiehle immigrated from Germany at the age of 2.  Wiehle, VA: Ghost of a Town that Never Quite Lived, Washington Star Pictorial Magazine, Aug. 31, 1952, at 2. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for Medical School and practiced medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Wiehle had 7 children, did quite well in his practice, and decided to retire from medical practice early to engage in building.  He retired from medicine at the young age of 35-41 (accounts differ) in 1881. Wiehle's Legacy Lives on in Reston, Gregg MacDonald, Wash. Post, Apr. 4, 2002.

Purchase of Reston Lands by Dr. Wiehle

Dr. Wiehle purchased 4,000 acres of land in what would later become Reston and moved his family to Washington, D.C., living at 1621 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Dr. Wiehle formed a land partnership in 1886 with General William McKee Dunn to purchase approximately 6,450 acres of heavily forested land in Fairfax County along the railroad, which was close to current day Sunset Hills Road, for about $20,000, or about $4 per acre. Legacy Lives on in Reston, MacDonald.  The land was divided equally between Wiehle on General Dunn, who subsequently developed "Dunn" Loring.  Dr. Wiehle took the 3,228 acres north of the railroad tracks, where he eventually built his home, a post office and a town hall. Dr. Wiehle's plan was to develop a self-sufficient community that would provide "about 800 homes for 4000 residents." I wonder if he would be surprised today that Reston would ultimately have about 60,000 - 70,000 residents by the year 2017.

The Train Comes to Wiehle

Almost 130 years before the Wiehle Metro Stop opened in 2016, a railroad first established a stop in Wiehle, Virginia in 1888. Reston's first railroad stop, so to speak, was established in August of 1888, on the W. & O Railroad.  As the Alexandria Gazette on August 2, 1888, reported:

New Wiehle Train Stop
Sunset Hill Stations Photos Sept. 2017
Post Office of Wiehle

In 1887, Dr. Wiehle was able to persuade the federal government to change the post office address in the Town of Wiehle from Thornton's Mills to the Wiehle Post Office.  In September of 1887, a new post office, named "Wiehle" was opened in what would become Reston. As reported by the Alexandria Gazette on September 2, 1887.  See the article below:

Wiehle Post Office Established
The Center of Town, Wiehle Town Hall and Church 

The Wiehle Town Hall building still exists, but is in much need of repair and restoration. It no longer sports the steeple shown in the photo below.  The old Wiehle Town Hall is located on Old Reston Avenue not far from Sunset Hills Road. The structure was designed by Dr. Wiehle in the Classical Revival style and built in 1892 and originally served two important functions for the Town of Wiehle. The first floor was occupied by the Town Hall and the second floor was occupied by the Wiehle Methodist Episcopal Church.  Eventually, the structure became part of the A. Smith Bowman Whiskey Distillery and Farm. Department of Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Form 10-900, dated October 18, 1999.  The building was last up for sale a few years ago in 2008 for $1,600, 000.

1892 Wiehle Town Hall

August 2017 Wiehle Town Hall

August 2017 Wiehle Town Hall

1950s View of Wiehle - Before Reston

In 1892, Dr. Wiehle hired a city planner to draw up plans for the town of Wiehle, which was to include 800 residences laid out along a grid of streets and avenues named after famous locales, such as New York and Paris. The main streets were named Paris, London, Berlin and Vienna Avenues. However, despite the plan for 800 residents, only 10 lots were sold and built upon in Wiehle.

Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle
As mentioned above, the Town of Wiehle, Virginia was planned well. Dr. Wiehle was able to build the Town Hall, some residences, a lake and other buildings where a few remain today. He was able to commission the construction of his summer home. He had 3 lakes constructed on his property and each was drained every spring to be cleaned and refilled. If you look at an overview of the property today, it appears that some of the lake still exists today.

The Town of Wiehle also maintained an Icehouse.  According to the NPS Form 10-900 National Register form "A brick icehouse, the larger icehouse for miles around was constructed in 1888 on the Big Lake dam.  The structure could accommodate the storage of a large amount of ice that would be cut each winter from the dammed water.  The cutting of the ice was a huge event in the town of Wiehle, and the Wiehle family would travel from Washington, DC to attend the ceremonies."

Dr. Wiehle also built the Aesculapian Hotel in 1888, a large summer hotel which attracted a number of visitors from the D.C. area, and which was torn down in the 1950s. The Fairfax County Public Library (Fairfax City Regional) maintains a 1892 version of the Town of Wiehle Map.  If Dr. Wiehle had not been injured and/or gotten ill we might all be living in the Town of Wiehle today.

Map of Wiehle, Virginia 1892

As you can see from the map above, Dr. Wiehle had an elaborate plan for the Town of Wiehle. The 1892 map had a legend which had a Manor House, Hotel, Poultryman's Bungalow, Horsebarn and many other properties. The following photograph was taken sometime in the 1890s.  It shows the Town of Wiehle at its very start.  It is hard to imagine that the bridge would sit on top of where the 7-11 on Sunset Hills drive does today.

1890s Wiehle Virginia

A town charter was issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly in 1898. By 1900 Wiehle had a population that was relatively small, approximately 50 people.

Dr. Wiehle died of pneumonia in 1901. Following his passing, the Town of Wiehle continued for some time, but did not prosper and the lands were sold to the Bowman family in 1927. Wiehle, VA: Ghost of a Town, at 3. The Town Hall ceased to function as such in 1909.

But for Dr. Wiehle's passing, Reston might instead be still known as Wiehle, Virginia.  The Virginia General Assembly, in 1989, through House Bill 1156 repealed the original act which had incorporated Wiehle, finalizing the end of the Town's name. However, Wiehle lives on with the naming of the Wiehle Metro Stop / Development and Wiehle Road.

Dr. Wiehle's signature

Monday, September 18, 2017

Great Reston Site

For anyone following the Reston History Blog, I wanted to give a quick recommendation if you have never seen the Restonian Blog.  It is one of my favorite websites for events and issues in Reston.  It covers all a lot of topics and has a bit of levity to it as well.  I highly recommend this website.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How Reston Got it's Name

By John Berry

I have often wondered how Reston got its name.  I realize that the first three letters of the name R-E-S stand for Robert E. Simon, but I think that I was curious about what other names were in contention or perhaps who made the final call on the name and when.  I did some research and I found the answer.

Originally, Reston Lands Were Referred to as the Northern Neck Proprietary

The land which Reston would eventually be built upon was part of an original land grant the exiled English King, Charles II in 1649 which encompassed all the lands bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers in colonial Virginia.  Obviously, this covered a lot of land mass, but included Reston.

The Town of Wiehle First

Before it was Reston, the land in Reston was incorporated as the Town of Wiehle, named for Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle who tried to form his own vision of a town on Reston lands in the late 1800s.  His ill health and passing did not allow this to come to fruition and ultimately little except for some structures on Old Reston Ave. remain of the Town of Wiehle. From the passing of Dr. Wiehle, for about the next 50 years until Robert E. Simon purchased the lands of Reston and changed the name, the Town of Wiehle existed not so much in substance, but in name.  Even the Town, which was incorporated in the last 1800s by the Commonwealth of Virginia was dissolved in 1989 at the urging of Delegate Kenneth Plum.

Old Reston Ave. sign Aug. 2017

Robert E. Simon Purchases Reston Lands

Robert E. Simon, in 1961 purchased the 6,750 acres of land that would become Reston as he planned for the development of a new town. He knew that timing was an issue and needed to come up with a name in order to form the new community.  However, when he purchased the lands he didn't have an immediate name for the town.

Simon Names Reston

Robert Simon explained, in a Washington Star Sunday Magazine in May 8, 1966 just how Reston got it's name. He held the interview was given in his office in a converted farmhouse at the time. In response to the interview by Benjamin Ruhe, Robert Simon stated:

Q. Why the name Reston?

A. That was a negotiation that took place one weekend in Martha's Vineyard between my wife and my mother -- I kept far away.  I wanted the name to have some relationship to me which be an "in" joke, so to speak. I'll tell you something amusing. At that time we had a public relations outfit, fortunately I don't remember the name, but I through this thing at them and said: "Come on, we've got to get a name because we've got to file with the County on such and such a day."  Meanwhile, back at home, they had a habit of pulling my leg by calling this think Simon City and we all found it very wonderfully repulsive.  So the P.R. Outfit sent someone up to make the presentation of the name and choice No. 1 was . . . Simon City.  Well, this is obviously repugnant, so what they came up with we're my initials, R.E.S., with the small version of town - "ton" at the end of it. This gives me and my family pleasure without being an insult to the people who live there.

1952 Washington Star Interview

One other note, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, from October 21, 2015 to October 25, 2015, passed a resolution, changing the name of Reston briefly to Hill Valley, to celebrate the Washington West Festival and the 30th anniversary of the film "Back to the Future."  I happen to love the name Reston for our community. I think it was a very good choice and a great fit. Somehow Simon City just not would have sounded right.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Reston in the 1800s

By John Berry

Reston, Virginia in the 1800s was essentially vacant land outside of the bounds of significant commerce.  That, of course, slowly began to change towards the end of the century as we now know. The nearby Town of Herndon, Virginia was the first to develop, as the railroad began to make its way through the area in the 1850s. In order to obtain a post office, the area needed to be named and according to the Town of Herndon website, residents met and named the town for William Lewis Herndon, a noted captain that had gone down with his ship. The Herndon area in the 1860s was secured by Union troops during the Civil War and took the role of a Depot, while Reston was still relatively undeveloped.

Reston, Virginia in the 1800s did not experience experience significant change until later in the decade. In 1843, Lord Thomas Fairfax, the Ninth Baron Cameron, gave a deed of over 8,000 acres, which included Reston, to his son Reginald who then sold the land to one Benjamin Thornton in 1852 at the price of $5 an acre. A Brief History of Reston, at 3.  The Civil War touched a portion of Reston, in 1861, during the Battle of Dranesville, with Union and Confederate forces firing at each other up and down Reston Avenue at Leesburg Pike.

After the Civil War, land around Reston became subject to speculation. The lands that comprised Reston was put up for auction in 1886.  As a result, the land that would eventually become Reston was sold to Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle and General William McKee Dunn for the amount of $20,000.  A Brief History of Reston, at 3. Dr. Wiehle, for whom Wiehle Avenue and the Wiehle Metro Stop are named, was a German born physician from Philadelphia, who had retired from medicine at the very young age of 35.

Dr. Wiehle had partnered with Mr. Dunn and split the property, with Dr. Wiehle taking a portion of the property which included Reston.  Dr. Wiehle's goal, in the 1880s, was to develop a new town. In September of 1887, a new post office, named "Wiehle" was opened in what would become Reston. As reported by the Alexandria Gazette on September 2, 1887:

In 1888, Dr. Wiehle purchased additional property from the heirs of one Mary F. Chamblin, in the amount of 100 acres lying about one mile South of Dranesville, which likely included additional Reston properties, for the price of $10 an acre. Alexandria Gazette, Jan 20, 1888, at page 3 (see picture below):

Reston's first Metro stop, so to speak, was established in August of 1888, on the W. & O Railroad.  As reported by the Alexandria Gazette on August 2, 1888:

To develop his new town, Dr. Wiehle even apparently brought in a planner from Germany to design the municipality in 1892, which was supposed to include 800 residences, and include a city grid. See Gregg MacDonald, Wiehle's Legacy Lives On, Washington Post (Apr. 4, 2012).  Of note, a portion of land that General Dunn controlled eventually became Dunn Loring.  Fairfax County has provided a historic set of pictures of the Town of Wiehle.  The link to the county website can be found here.  The photograph can be found at the county website listed above:

Dr. Wiehle was seriously injured in a train collision on the Pennsylvania railroad in November of 1890.  Alexandria Gazette, Nov. 15, 1890 at page 3.  Records reflect that Dr. Wiehle and his wife sued the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as a result of the collision, for approximately $45,000.  Alexandria Gazette, Mar. 14, 1891.  A map of the Town of Wiehle was prepared in 1892 by Joseph Berry.

Dr. Wiehle was actively involved in railroad efforts to the area and served as the Vice-President of the Falls Church and Potomac Electric Railway.  Alexandria Gazette, Dec. 14, 1896 at page 2.  In late February of 1898, Dr. Wiehle, elected as mayor of the town of Wiehle and town councilman were named.  The Alexandria Gazette reported, on February 5, 1898, at page 2, that the Virginia Senate and House had passed bills to incorporate the Town of Wiehle.  The Alexandria Gazette, on March 4, 1898 provided:

In June of 1899, there was apparently a significant fire in Wiehle (Reston), which led to the destruction of Dr. Wiehle's large saw mill and barn.  From the Alexandria Gazette:

Alexandria Gazette, June 30, 1899, at page 3.

The History of Reston International Center

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