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Happy 172nd birthday, Dr. Walter Reed

The life and times of Dr. Walter Reed will be celebrated on Saturday at the Walter Reed Birthplace, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The third annual Reed Birthday is sponsored by the Fairfield Foundation, which maintains the small house at 4021 Hickory Fork Road at Belroi in Gloucester.

Reed was born in the small dwelling on Sept. 13, 1851, while his father was an itinerant preacher to Methodist congregations in the Gloucester, Mathews, and King and Queen County circuit.

In 1926, the birthplace was purchased and preserved by the Medical Society of Virginia. In 1968, the deed was passed to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, and the local Joseph Bryan Branch acquired more furnishings to interpret the house as a mid-19th-century dwelling. After the local chapter was dissolved, the Gloucester Preservation Foundation was formed to care for the site. The Walter Reed Birthplace came under the Fairfield Foundation’s umbrella for preservation and programming in 2019.


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