Newcomers & Community Guide: Reston

Newcomers & Community Guide: Reston


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Herndon’s History on Display

Town’s rail history still major part of downtown.

Commander William L. Herndon, never actually set foot in the town that bears his name. The naval commander died 22 years before the town was founded, going down with his ship, the S.S. Central American, when it sank in Sept. 1957 off the coast of Cape Hatteras, loaded with three tons of gold.

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Herndon Home to Many Popular Restaurants

More than 100 restaurants offer food from more than 30 cultures.

Herndon’s signature restaurant is, according to many locals, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern. Owner Jimmy Cirrito, a native of upstate New York, signed his lease on Veterans Day, 1996, and has been a fixture of the community ever since.

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Strategic Plan Looks to Further Simon’s Ideals

Reston Association plans for new properties, service needs to 2016.

When Robert Simon used the proceeds from the sale of Carnegie Hall to buy almost 7,000 acres of Virginia farmland in March 1961, he founded a community with a plan. A place where residents could live, work and play in a variety of housing types with a variety of recreational opportunities. For the community’s first 50 years, those principals guided the community’s development and governance.

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Finding Recreation in Reston

Trails, tennis, pools offer variety of opportunities.

As avid outdoorsman, Larry Butler says he spends his vacations getting as far away from civilization as possible. As the director of Parks and Recreation for the Reston Association, he knows places in Reston offer something similar.