Located in Critz, VA, Reynolds Homestead is an Outreach Campus Center of Virginia Tech featuring a Community Enrichment Center and a Forestry Research Center. Formerly known as Rock Spring Plantation, it is the birthplace and boyhood home of both tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds and A.D. Reynolds, whose son Richard S. Reynolds was the founder of Reynolds Metals. Built in 1843, the two-story brick home has been restored to its nineteenth century state and includes many of the original family furnishings. The grounds include the original brick kitchen, a brick milk house, a log icehouse and a log granary. The family cemetery is located near the house and across the field is a cemetery for the plantation’s enslaved community. The house is a registered state and national landmark. At this time, the Reynolds Homestead is closed for tours. On the grounds you will also find the L.E.A.F. Trail, a nature and birding walking trail that loops through the forest. At the trailhead you can see an art installation from the H.A.N.D.S project, completed by a local artist. See their website for a full list of programs and events throughout the year.
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