October 2013 - Reynolds Homestead
DIRECTOR’S CORNERMatthew Traucht Presents to the Garden Club ofVirginiaA hint of fall made for a beautiful day September 13, whenmembers of the Garden Club of Virginia visited ReynoldsHomestead to attend a presentation by GCV research fellow,Matthew Traucht.Matthew spent three months at Reynolds Homesteadresearching the property and records in localand state historical archives. During hisresearch, he located documents that willchange the way the history of the Reynoldsfamily is interpreted at Rock Spring Plantation,home of Hardin and Nancy Reynolds and thebirthplace and childhood home of R. J. Reynoldswho founded the R.J. Reynolds TobaccoCompany.Searching through the records at the PatrickCounty Courthouse, Matthew discovered thatAbram Reynolds (Hardin’s father) firstpurchased property in Patrick County in 1810,but the property that became known as RockSpring Plantation was not purchased until 1825.Previous histories written about the Reynoldsfamily had reported that Abram and PollyReynolds had purchased 50 acres where thehistoric home now sits in 1814.Additionally, by searching through property deeds, Matthewwas able to identify the many parcels of land the Reynoldsfamily owned in Patrick County and Stokes County, NorthCarolina. The fact that Hardin Reynolds did not have a will, wasanother interesting piece of information Matthew uncovered.He found a list of all of Hardin’s assets that were put on theauction block following his death. Hardin’s wife, Nancy, had tobuy back the piano her husband had purchased for her thatremains in the historic home today.More than 60 people attended Matthew’s presentation includingGCV members and Reynolds Homestead patrons andvolunteers. Following the presentation, lunch was served onthe lawn of the historic home.The staff would like to extend thanks to everyone whoassisted Matthew this summer and to the volunteers whoassisted with preparation and serving of luncheon on September13: Darnell Cockram, Ruthie Harnsberger, Shirley Keene,Edie LeMons, Becki Turner, and Pete Zein.Sally Guy Brown, Chairman of the GardenClub of Virginia Restoration Committeesent a letter praising the Reynolds Homesteadstaff and volunteers for their work:“I just wanted to add my thanks for thelovely day you all gave us last Friday at theReynolds Homestead. It was a great day forthe GCV seeing the work of our RieleyFellow, Matthew Traucht and his enthusiasmand appreciation for your support andguidance. Our members were pretty blownaway with your facilities, staff and volunteers.What a great group! The tentedcatered lunch was such a treat for all of us.I asked who the caterer was, and they saidall the volunteers and staff. Amazing.Thank you again for giving us such a wonderful day at theHomestead. Matthew is a star. His report, of which you willreceive a copy, will be invaluable. Your stewardship of thisimportant and beautiful property in our nation’s history isinspiring to us all.”We will be looking forward to seeing Matthew’s report and wewish him the best of luck as he begins his position with theCultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C.Above: Matthew chats with Martinsville Garden Club memberPeggy Rogers before his presentation.2Full Moon HikeEnjoy a moonlit stroll through the Reynolds Homestead propertyand along the base of No Business Mountain with Joe Keiper, directorof the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and Wayne Kirkpatrick,board member of the Dan River Basin Association. Bring aflashlight and wear boots or sneakers. Participants will listen for andlearn to identify birds and insects, and use a black light to drawnocturnal insects rarely seen during the day. Please call the Homesteadto register as space is limited. 8:00 p.m. Rain or shine! Meeton the back porch of the historic home. No admission charge.
Reynolds Homestead Highlights5K RunHomestead to Host 5K Run toCure DiabetesNovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the ReynoldsHomestead will open its private course to raise money for JDRFRegistration is now open for the first annual 5K Run for Diabetes to be heldat the Reynolds Homestead on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m.All ages and experience levels (even walkers!) are encouraged to participatein this fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, whichseeks improve lives of those with diabetes while continuing to research fora cure for Type 1 diabetes.T-shirts will be available for the first 75 who register for the event (in orderto get the specific size you want, you must register by October 23). Thecost to participate is $20 and all proceeds will go directly to the JDRF.T-shirts are donated by Ray and Nancy Dietz. Nancy will also be serving ashonorary Chairperson of the Run to Cure Diabetes.Special hand-made diabetes awareness awards will be presented to the top3 men and top 3 women runners, as well as the top runner in each age category.Registrations are due no later than Friday, November 1, and may be obtained by calling 276-694-7181 or visiting our website’sCalendar of Events.The course is a hilly, beautiful mountain and woods trail that is only open to the public twice a year. It will be a gorgeous run inthe fall and for a great cause. Because the trail runs through forestry research property, it is rarely available for general usage. Thecourse is well-maintained and marked, thanks to forestry staff Kyle Peer, Clay Sawyers, and Debbie Bird.Registration forms will be available at several locations throughout the area, as well as the Reynolds Homestead website. If youwould like to have a form e-mailed to you, please contact Lisa Martin at email@example.com.Friends of the Reynolds HomesteadAre you a member yet of the Friends of the ReynoldsHomestead? If not, be sure and pick up a form on yournext visit - it’s a great way to show your support of ourprogramming and community outreach, as well as findvolunteer opportunities.The Friends meet quarterly and the nextgeneral meeting will be Tuesday, October22 at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is always served atthe meetings. Our speaker this time isBeth Deatherage and she will be discussing“Creative Marketing and SocialMedia.” Please let us know if you plan toattend so we can prepare for dinner.New officers for the coming year includeBobby Rorrer, president; Darnell Cockram, vicepresident;Janice Pendleton, secretary; and Peter Zeien,treasurer.If you are interested in serving on a committee, help isalways needed for Volunteer recruitment, Education,and Public Relations. Visit the Friends of the ReynoldsHomestead Facebook pageand learn more about what’shappening!Friends member Jane Hughesvolunteered her time to work atthe Homestead’s Patrick CountyFair booth last month.3