About Us

The Reynolds Homestead is a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech located in Critz, Virginia. The Homestead features the fully-restored Rock Spring Plantation House, which is the birthplace and boyhood home of tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

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 a field is the slave cemetery. The house is a registered state and national landmark. The restored Homestead is closed for tours during the winter, though we can arrange a tour by appointment with 24 hours' notice. During the months of April through October, tours are available on weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fee is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. Group tours are welcome. Please call 276-694-7181 to schedule a group.

The Homestead also has a Continuing Education Center, which hosts a wide variety of programs and classes for all ages and interests. Music, art classes, lectures, discussions, children's activities, fitness programs and movies are just some of the many events. All are open to the public, and many are free. For a current Calendar of Events, click here. Both the historic home and the Continuing Education Center are administered by the Office of Outreach and International Affairs.

Surrounding the Rock Spring Plantation and Continuing Ed Center is a 780-acre Forest Resources Research Center, operated by the College of Natural Resources and Environment. The center was created to study forest biology, genetics, physiology and soils, and it is equipped with a laboratory, greenhouse, slat house, nursery bed, field space and staff for program support.

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R.J. Reynolds left Critz in 1874 and took his tobacco expertise to Winston-Salem. To learn more about Reynolda House, 1917 home built by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband R.J., click here.

For More Information

For more information about the Homestead or any of its programs, please call (276) 694-7181 ext. 21 weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You may also contact us via email through this website.