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Reynolds Homestead plans 50+ anniversary events June 17-19

From: The Reynolds Homestead

Please join the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia, as the historic property celebrates its 50+ anniversary with a series of events the weekend of June 17-19.

In 1970, Nancy Susan Reynolds presided over the dedication of the Reynolds Homestead, celebrating the gift of the former Rock Spring Plantation to Virginia Tech. The site is the birthplace of her father, tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, and uncle Abram David Reynolds, whose family founded Reynolds Metals.

For more than 50 years, the homestead, part of Outreach and International Affairs, has served communities in rural Patrick County and the surrounding region, offering cultural and educational enrichment for all ages and providing a gathering space for local residents.

Farm to Table Dinner on the Lawn

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, enjoy an enchanting evening on the historic grounds. A wine or beer tasting hour with live jazz will be followed by a locally sourced and prepared multicourse dinner. Guests will also enjoy live music provided by the 5 Brothers jazz ensemble. Tickets are required.

Bushels & Barrels Local Food, Wine, and Beer Festival

From 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18, celebrate all things local at the Bushels & Barrels festival. The evening will feature live music, breweries, wineries, and locally sourced food from hometown favorites Pickle & Ash and Bootleg BBQ. Tickets required.

Live music lineup includes Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast; Slick Jr & the Reactors; Maggie May & the Summer Heat; and Oh, Christopher.

Reynolds Homestead 50+ Anniversary

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, the Reynolds Homestead will mark its 50+ anniversary with a free celebration open to the public. Entertainment will include speakers, tours of the home and grounds, and demonstrations by local artisans.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet renowned artist P. Buckley Moss, who will sign her Reynolds Homestead prints created for the 50th anniversary.

The event, which coincides with Juneteenth celebrations, also will include a tribute to the men, women, and children who were enslaved on Rock Spring Plantation and honor their descendants in attendance.

For more information, contact Director Julie Walters Steele.

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