Reynolds Homestead Archives


Reynolds Homestead Archives


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.

Collection Items

Recollections of Major A.D. Reynolds
In 1916, using a partially used company ledger book, A.D. Reynolds set out to record his memoir in a series of sketches, anecdotes, and recorded memories. These sketches were written over an eight year period, between 1916 and 1924. Reynolds…

Hardin William Reynolds Account Book
Account Book for Hardin William Reynolds' general store which operated at Rock Spring Plantation documents customer purchases, including purchases made by R.J. Reynolds. Notably, African American patrons of the store are identifiable by the use of…

Zachary Smith Reynolds Log of Aeroplane NR-898W
This handwritten log kept by Z. Smith Reynolds documents his 17,000-mile solo journey from England to China from August 26, 1931 to April 5, 1932. After several false starts, Smith finally began his flight in London in December 1931, landing outside…
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