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Fairfield Foundation preserves land around W.R. Birthplace

The Fairfield Foundation recently acquired three parcels totaling seven acres adjacent the Walter Reed Birthplace in Belroi, to protect this historic landscape in perpetuity.

The largely wooded parcels, located to the north and west of the small house where Walter Reed was born in 1851, will be managed with the goal of preserving the natural and rural qualities of the land, according to Fairfield Foundation co-director Thane Harpole.

The Fairfield Foundation is a longtime supporter of preservation efforts at the birthplace, having acquired another adjacent one-acre parcel in 2015.

“The Fairfield Foundation is happy to assist with protecting the landscape surrounding the birthplace” said Harpole. “The building is an important example of early 19th-century architecture, and the associated archaeological resources have many stories to tell about the Belroi community.”

The effort to protect this land goes back to the early 2000s, when Catesby Jones, John and Marsha Gillis and ...

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