“You Are Here: Mapping Reston’s Past and Present” by Chris Rooney

“You Are Here: Mapping Reston’s Past and Present” by Chris Rooney

Free Program presented by the Reston Museum

Join Reston Museum and Chris Rooney May 27th at 7pm at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery for “You Are Here: Mapping Reston’s Past and Present.” Chris Rooney, a former Reston resident, local history aficionado, custom map illustrator, and Facebook administrator and Instagram curator of the group Reston, Remember When, will lead you on a visual adventure spanning Captain John Smith’s first charting of Chesapeake’s tributaries in the Virginia colony to the soon-to-be updated Metro map for the Silver Line expansion to Dulles.

Learn about George Washington’s involvement in the surveying of the Northern Neck Proprietary for Lord Fairfax, examine Civil War maps where troops marched through the woods and fields of this area, drop in on the short-lived community of Victorian-era Wiehle, see the rise of 20th Century development in the western portion of Fairfax County, and finally, delve deep into the master plan and layout of the windy streets throughout the new town of Reston as it has been marketed, analyzed and inhabited over the last six decades.

“Originally planned for May 2021, this program was delayed due to the pandemic. We are thrilled Chris will finally be able to share this fascinating topic with us. The floor-to-ceiling map of Reston at the Reston Museum is a favorite of visitors, and we are sure this program will be enjoyed by all who attend,” said Alexandra Campbell, Executive Director of the Reston Museum.

Maps tell us where to go, where we live, who we are, what existed before us, and what is planned for the future. Discover the many curiosities, changes, inaccuracies, and several interesting development proposals that never came to fruition on this chronological tour through what is now Reston.

Program is free but advanced registration is required. Register at: https://bit.ly/33qCRli

Programs of the Reston Museum are supported in part by Reston Community Center.

About Reston Museum

Reston Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Reston’s past, informing the present, and influencing the future of Reston. Reston Museum preserves a collection of archival material and artifacts related to the history of Reston, many of which are exhibited at the Reston Museum. Located at Lake Anne Plaza, Reston Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday free of charge. Reston Museum also conducts educational and public programming, exhibitions, and public events including the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, the Reston Home Tour, and Founder’s Day. For more information, please visit www.restonmuseum.org

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