Virginia Tech’s Reynolds Homestead celebrates 50 years of service

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Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 9:29 PM EDT
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PATRICK COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia Tech’s Reynolds Homestead celebrated 50 years of service Sunday.

The former tobacco plantation is in Patrick County and was once known as the “Rock Spring Plantation”.

It is where tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds was born. The historic structure was deeded in 1970 to Virginia Tech, where it has become a museum, community gathering place, and educational and cultural center.

In celebration of the anniversary, Sunday there were live music, tours, demonstrations, and a ceremony.

Officials also shared exciting news about the future of the facility.

“The homestead also broke ground on a new commercial kitchen during the event. The $800,000 expansion is a gift from the Reynolds family to mark the anniversary and will allow the center to offer culinary programming, workforce development, and a place for local food entrepreneurs to create prototypes of their products.”

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