Video: Leaf Trail opens at the Reynolds Homestead, a Virginia Tech commonwealth campus center

Lisa Martin prepares to drink from stream

Lisa Martin prepares to drink from the stream that once furnished the plantation’s water supply.

CRITZ, Va., Oct. 4, 2010 – Visitors to Virginia Tech's commonwealth campus center in Critz may be familiar with the Rock Spring Plantation House. The landmark, built in 1843, was the birthplace and boyhood home of R.J. Reynolds. Now there’s a new way for the public to learn about the almost 800-acre property – a Leaf Trail.

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