Welcome to Reston: An Open Community Brochure (Courtesy of Reston Historic Trust & Museum)

"Welcome to Reston: An Open Community" brochure from 1960s or 1970s. From its conception, Reston was intended to be a place where neighbors of all races and backgrounds could live, work and play together. (Courtesy of Reston Historic Trust & Museum)

Reston's Roots: Black Activism in Virginia's New Town

Around the same time that Walt Disney envisioned a futuristic alternative to urban living—EPCOT (The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow)—a man named Robert E. Simon Jr. dreamed of a better way to live in the suburbs. It was an era of hope when many were asking: “Through careful planning, innovate design, and high ideals, can we manufacture a better way to live?”

Last Updated: May 10, 2022