The Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Va., was the 19th-century farm owned by successful farmer and entrepreneur Hardin Reynolds. Reynolds led several of his sons into the tobacco business, including Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
A tobacco barn is being reconstructed on the Reynolds Homestead property, adding to the tour experience for visitors and tourists. Construction of the Reynolds Homestead's tobacco barn began in May 2010 when the structure was assembled from a partially salvaged original barn found on the Patrick County property combined with materials of similar style. Ben and Betty Davenport donated two structures from Banister Bend Farm in Chatham, Va., to ensure enough usable materials were made available to complete the project.
John Larson, vice president for restoration at Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C. will oversee the project and construction will be completed by Steven Cole Builders Inc. of Danbury, N.C.
The Reynolds Homestead is a part of Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs.