[SIGCIS-Members] Vint Hill Farms, VA

Schmitt, Martin martin.schmitt at tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Oct 26 15:57:45 PDT 2020

The quarter of the computer pioneers! The story of the area formerly used by state surveillance reminds me a little bit of the bunker sold by the German military to a Dutch business man to operate his dark net activities in the German province: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/03/the-cold-war-bunker-that-became-home-to-a-dark-web-empire

The Cold War left us with some fascinating infrastructure around.

In Germany, many streets are named after Konrad Zuse by the way. To my knowledge, none of them crosses a Gottfried Leibniz Street.


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Am 26.10.2020 um 23:20 schrieb Ceruzzi, Paul <CeruzziP at si.edu<mailto:CeruzziP at si.edu>>:

I wrote about this a few years ago, but many of you haven't heard of this. Vint Hill Farms was for many years a listening post for intercepting foreign radio transmissions, including some that were of crucial significance during the Second World War. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Hill_Farms_Station>

After it was decommissioned in 1997 the NSA "sanitized" the property and turned it over to commercial and other government uses. <https://vinthill.com/>.

The reason I mention this is that a housing development on one corner of the property has some interesting names of streets:
Cray Drive, Osborne Drive, Sutherland Court, Shugart Court, Auerbach Court, Hillis Court, Wilkes Court, Wirth Lane, Macintosh Drive, Sholes Court [?], von Neumann Circle, and Aiken Drive, and Eckert Court.

Last time I visited, I asked the real estate agents who came up with the names, but they did not know. The property has an extensive web site, but I did not see any clues there either, unless I missed something.  I really wanted to know:  which Eckert--Wallace or Presper?

Do we have a real estate developer lurking among us?

Paul Ceruzzi

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