What a great historical fact to know.
Village of Ryan
The village of Ryan, originally known as Old Farmwell or Five Forks, received its name in 1889 when a post office was established in town. The Ryan Post Office and village was named after John F. Ryan (1848-1936), a local, prominent land owner and politician. John F. Ryan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1883, and was a Speaker of the House from 1894 to 1904. The community also gained fame from a local band known as the Ryan Band. The Ryan Band, organized by Sydney Fouche (1843-1908) in 1895, was one of the many bands that traveled to Richmond for the unveiling of the monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The Ryan Band was selected from amongst all the other bands to serenade Mrs. Davis, which they did by playing her favorite song, “I’m Going Back to Dixie Where the Orange Blossoms Grow.” The original village of Ryan is now a part of Ashburn. The image included is a postcard of Ryan from 1920 from the Caylor-Howser Postcard Collection (M 043).
Scheel, Eugene. Loudoun Discovered: Communities, Corners & Crossroads, Volume One: Eastern Loudoun: “Goin’ Down the Country”, Leesburg, VA, 2002.
Caylor-Howser Postcard Collection, 1898-1975 (M 043), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.