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.
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.