News Archive

Remembering Susan Cawthra


We at the Reston Historic Trust are sorry to pass along some very sad news: Susan Cawthra, our beloved administrative assistant and bookkeeper, passed away on November 6, 2015.  As you know, Susan played a vital role in the Museum's operations and was a wonderful spirit, always ready to greet you with a smile.  Her absence will leave a big void that will be hard to fill.


There was a gathering at Cafe Montmartre on November 13, at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate her life. Her many friends from Heron House, LARCA and the Reston Museum shared remembrances of Susan.


2014 Annual Meeting
Reston Museum year in review

January 2015

The Reston Historic Trust and Museum hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  Chair Shelly Mastran reported on the Museum's many activities, highlighted by the 50/100 celebration in April attended by thousands.  The Museum members thanked outgoing board member, Paul Thomas and welcomed two new members, Joe Enrico and Carolyn Flitcroft.


Board member Jim Cleveland (right in photo) introduced guest speaker Tom Meyer (left), president of Clyde's restaurant - one of the pioneer retailers in Reston Town Center.


Oliver Jones
New addition to the Museum family

January 2015

Reston Historic Trust and Museum Executive Director Katie Eichler-Jones gave birth to Oliver, hers and husband's Steve's third child, on January 5, 2015.  Welcome Oiver and congratulations Katie! ... and we want you back as soon as everyone's sleep stabilizes.



Founder's Day 50/100

April 2014


Reston celebrated its 50th anniversaty and its founder, Robert E. Simon celebrated his 100th birthday at the Annual Founder's Day, April 5, 2014. Over 1,500 folks crowded the Lake Anne-Washington Plaza for accolades from Virginia elected officials, and cake!


The event began with our Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Veatch. Elected officials including: Governor McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Northrum, Senator Kaine, Delegate Plum, Chairman Bulova, and Supervisor Hudgins all participated in the program. Local talent from Hunters Woods Cooperative Preschool, Terraset Elementary, South Lakes High School, the Reston Chorale, and the Reston Orchestra also performed. The crowed of over 1,500 observers witnessed the recognition of over 140 young Restonian's that grew up here and continue to contribute to the community. RHT Chair, Shelley Mastran, also presented a model of the historic roadside marker awarded to Reston by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources that will be installed on Lake Anne Plaza.


The crowd then moved over to the Reston Museum for entertainment by the Bobbie Pins and birthday cake! 

The Reston Home Tour 2015 - Spaces Reimagined
Saturday, October 17


"Spaces Reimagined", the theme of our 14th annual Reston Home Tour, offered a look inside seven private residences in Reston - all of them have been altered and reimagined with creativity and inspiration to reflect their owners' visions.


See what you missed!


Reston Home Tour 2014
Reston@50 - Celebrating the Decades

October 2014

Thank you to the many hundred of folks who joined RHT for our 13th annual tour on October 18, 2014.


  • A home from the 1970’s highlights local artists, family heirlooms and a loft outpost for the grandchildren, complete with star-gazing skylights.

  • The “Design on a Dime” concept never looked so good!  This home, from the 1980’s, highlights the owner’s careful, yet exciting, investment in updates and decor with an eye toward their resale value.

  • The Avant, a truly inspired environment in Reston Town Center, offered a look inside an exciting 8th floor unit filled with a lifetime of collecting.  SLHS Culinary Arts Program offered a very popular tasting of the decades in the public area Great Room.  




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Reston, VA  20190



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