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Boundary increased for Reed Birthplace landmark area

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board recently approved an update and boundary increases for the nomination of Walter Reed’s Birthplace in Gloucester to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The nomination update and boundary increase information was prepared and submitted by David Brown and Thane Harpole, co-directors of the Fairfield Foundation.

The original nomination to the register was submitted in 1973. It focused on the mid-19th century dwelling once occupied by the Reed family and situated on just under two acres at the intersection of Belroi Road and Hickory Fork Road.

The house, believed built in the early 19th century, is an example of a once-prevalent building type representing the housing of working class property owners and tenants prior to the Civil War. It is a small one-and-a-half-story frame dwelling on brick piers with a gable roof.

In 1851, the property was leased by owner Jefferson Stubbs to Bellamy Church to house traveling minis...

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