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Walter Reed Birthplace open for tours Saturday

The Walter Reed Birthplace in Belroi will be open for public tours Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Reed’s father was a Methodist Church circuit rider and was assigned to the King and Queen, Gloucester, and Mathews circuit in 1851-1852. When they arrived in Gloucester, the family of six was expecting a new arrival soon. Walter Reed was born on Sept. 13, 1851 while his family was temporarily housed at the cottage at Belroi until a new parsonage was finished nearby.

The family valued education, and all of the Reed boys were educated at the University of Virginia, where at the age of 17 Walter was and remains the youngest medical degree graduate in the school’s history. He went on to a career as a doctor with the U.S. Army and served on a commission that determined mosquitoes transmited the yellow fever virus.On Saturday, members of the Walter Reed Garden Club will serve as volunteers giving tours for The Fairfield Foundation.

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