The Reynolds Homestead was built in 1843 as the Rock Spring Plantation in Critz, Virginia, by Hardin Reynolds, a successful farmer, merchant, banker, and tobacco manufacturer. Hardin and Nancy Cox Reynolds’s son, Richard Joshua (R.J.), founded the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and their grandson, Richard Samuel, Sr., founded Reynolds Metals. The Reynolds Homestead has been designated a State and National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of American Homes.

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Annually, more than 1,800 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students participate in educational activities sponsored by Reynolds Homestead both on-site and in area schools, including:

  • art and educational exhibits
  • camps for gifted and talented students
  • reward programs for students who meet expectations in attendance, classroom behavior, and academic progress
  • performing arts programs

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Senior Programs

As the population ages and more people are choosing to retire in the area, Reynolds Homestead has developed a lifelong-learning program for seniors. More than 75 adults over the age of 50 enroll in the Fall and Spring sessions of Reynolds Homestead’s College for Older Adults.

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Arts & Culture

The Reynolds Homestead is the major venue for arts and cultural programming in Patrick County and surrounding communities. Free and low-cost programs annually attract thousands of participants.

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Economic Development

From providing programs and special events to increase tourism, to providing training opportunities, Reynolds Homestead takes an active role in economic development in the region.

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