Reston in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sunset Hills Station
A lumber business opened, taking advantage of the railroad and nearby stand of trees. Much of the property was acquired by A. Smith Bowman in 1927. In 1934, with the repeal of Prohibition, Bowman built a distillery north of the railroad. The Wiehle family home became the part of the 7,200-acre Bowman estate, "Sunset Hills."
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks 🏞️Washington and Old Dominion Railroad 🚂 series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 38° 57.333′ N, 77° 21.082′ W. Marker is in Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Old Reston Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located at the Sunset Hills Station trail stop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reston VA 20190, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Train Wrecks (within shouting distance of this marker); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Julia Anna Gardner (1882-1960), Ph.D. (approx. 1.1 miles away); Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robert E. Simon, Jr. / Reston, Virginia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Reston (approx. 1.1 miles away); "October Glory" Red Maple (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reston.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of a train stopping at the Sunset Hills Station in 1967. A small inset photo on the upper right is captioned Lumber mill buildings were converted to warehouse for the Bowman distillery. It continued to operate at Sunset Hills until 1986, when it moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Also see . . . W & OD Railroad. Wikipedia article offering a wealth of detail about the railroad line. (Submitted on December 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,375 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.