Commemorative ornament helps mark 50 years

The new “50th Anniversary Virginia Tech/Reynolds Homestead” ornament recently was added to an already impressive ornament collection series offered by the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce.

The beautifully crafted ornament is NOW available for purchase at the chamber office, located at 334 Patrick Avenue, Stuart. The office is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Additional outlets to be announced at a future date.

The three and one-fourth inch treasured scenes glass ball ornament is beautifully displayed in satin white with frost overlay. The ornament displays a prominent 50th anniversary logo with a photo of the timeless beauty of Reynolds Homestead on one side and the 2020 commemorative date on the other side.

The ornament costs $13 each (sales tax included).

The Reynolds Homestead was built in 1843 as the Rock Spring Plantation in Critz, Virginia, by Hardin Reynolds, a successful farmer and tobacco manufacturer. In 1810, Abram Reynolds and Polly Harbour Reynolds, Hardin’s father and mother, made their way west, starting a small homestead and gradually increasing their land hold. By 1825, Abram purchased 598 acres of land at the base of No Business Mountain and it was on this property the Reynolds Homestead was built.

Hardin and his wife, Nancy Jane Cox Reynolds, had 16 children, 8 of whom lived to be adults. Their oldest son, Major Abram David (A.D.) led a Civil War regiment at the age of seventeen and was father to Richard S. Reynolds, who transformed the metals industry with his founding of Reynolds Metals. Hardin and Nancy’s second son, Richard Joshua (R.J.) established a tobacco empire in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Reynolds Homestead has been designated a State and National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of American Homes. (Excerpt taken from Reynolds Homestead website reflecting the history of Reynolds Homestead.)

In 1970, Nancy Susan Reynolds, daughter of R.J., deeded the home and 717 acres to Virginia Tech. A Community Enrichment Center and Forestry Research Center were established and continue to serve the region.

For additional information about the new 2020 Virginia Tech/Reynolds Homestead ornament, call the chamber at (276) 694-6012 or visit




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