About Tysons Corner
By Jun S. Published Sep 7th, 2016
Located in Fairfax County, Tysons Corner was originally known as Peach Grove. The name was changed to Tysons Crossroads after the Civil War when Maryland resident William Tyson bought a tract of land in the area and became the postmaster. It was a rural community until the early 1960s when county supervisors approved the construction of a large mall, which is known as Tysons Corner Center. At one time, the building was the largest enclosed mall in the world. Home to Tysons Galleria, which is another large regional mall, the area also serves as headquarters for several of the country’s largest corporations and government agencies like CapitalOne Financial and Freddie Mac. The Northern Virginia community has also attracted numerous high-tech companies. Tysons is a 20-minute drive from Dulles International Airport. Today, the unincorporated area is a thriving suburban community on the outskirts of the nation’s capital featuring hot summers and mild winters.
This pleasant urban center is close to many of Fairfax County’s attractions and annual events, including the Celebrate Fairfax, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts and the International Children’s Festivals. The nearby Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of concerts and theatrical performances in venues like the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. Another nearby major year-round arts venue is the Patriot Center located on the campus of George Mason University. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the ball fields, playgrounds and picnic facilities of Wildwood Park, Raglan Road Park and Briarcliff Park as well as the child friendly Eakin Community Park. The 3.9-mile long Accotink Trail follows the scenic Accotink Creek. Lake Fairfax provides the opportunity for swimming, tubing, fishing and boating. Fairfax County also has several off-leash dog runs.
Situated in one of the region’s bustling business hubs, Tysons Corner offers a range of housing options from historic homes to modern apartments. The community’s natural beauty includes the Scott’s Run Nature Preserve as well as streets lined with elm, maple and oak trees. Its combination of residential neighborhoods, economic centers and leisure activities connected by convenient public transportation and major roadways like Interstates 66 and 495 make the community a popular destination for families and young professionals.
By 2050, it is envisioned that Tysons will be transformed into a walkable 24-hour urban center with up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs and become an ideal place for people to work, live, and happily play.