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The Reynolds Homestead and the Patrick County Historical Society will present their bi-monthly History Around Us event on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon.

This month’s program, ‘The WWII Wartime Efforts of R.S. Reynolds,’ is presented in collaboration with the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society as part of the American Evolution project which celebrates 400 years of significant historic events.

  1. S. Reynolds, the son of A.D. Reynolds who was born on Rock Spring Plantation and the nephew of R.J. Reynolds, founded Reynolds Metals. He grew up in Bristol, attended Columbia University School of Law, and contributed significantly to RJR Tobacco, all prior to starting his own metals company. His greatest contribution to American history happened just prior to and

throughout WWII. He alone recognized the tremendous need for strong aluminum necessary in the country’s defense during this highly mechanized war – and quickly built the factories to provide it.

Reynolds was a man of great moral convictions, deeply religious, naturally independent  and egalitarian. Join the Homestead’s historical services assistant Beth Almond Ford for a look at this descendant of the Rock Spring Plantation and his contributions to the war effort.

The program is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy this hour-long program. Immediately following is the monthly Volunteer Meeting for those interested in being a part of the Reynolds Homestead’s commitment to providing impactful programming to the public. Everyone is invited.

 

The War Efforts of R.S. Reynolds