History

Virginia Sargeant is born…

1914
Virginia Sargeant is born…

Virginia Sargeant is born in Louisa County, VA to Mr. and Mrs. James Franklin Sargeant. She had fond memories of her childhood in Louisa with her sister and four brothers. Louisa would remain important to her throughout her life. In 2005, she provided a capital gift to restore her childhood home and turn it into a museum and offices for the Louisa County Historical Society.

The Union…

1933
The Union…

Virginia Sargeant marries Richard S. Reynolds, Jr. and moves to New York City residing at 120 East End Avenue. R.S. Reynolds Jr. had founded a brokerage firm, Reynolds & Co. which was eventually sold to Dean Witter after R.S. Reynolds Jr. left the firm to join his father at Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, VA in 1938.

Major and Sarge are Born…

1934
Major and Sarge are Born…

Richard S. Reynolds III (“Major”) is born in August 1934 in New York City. Julian Sargeant Reynolds (“Sarge”) is born two years later in June 1936. Sarge was elected as the 30th Lt. Governor of Virginia in 1969 under Gov. A. Linwood Holton, and Major would become a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1975.

The Move back to Virginia…

1938
The Move back to Virginia…

Living in New York City, Virginia and Richard Reynolds purchased Hawkwood, an antebellum, Italianate house in Historic Green Springs in Louisa County. Upon moving to Richmond in 1938, they restored the home, which had been vacant for 40 years.

Chairman of Richmond War Bond Sales…

1942
Chairman of Richmond War Bond Sales…

Virginia Reynolds serves as Chairman of the women’s division for war bond sales in the City of Richmond. She is pictured here at a war bond rally in Richmond, VA.

Richard S. Reynolds, Jr. Becomes President of Reynolds Metals Company…

1948
Richard S. Reynolds, Jr. Becomes President of Reynolds Metals Company…

Richard S. Reynolds, Jr. becomes President of Reynolds Metals Company at age 40. The company was founded by his father, R.S. Reynolds Sr.

Establishing the VSR Foundation…

1993
Establishing the VSR Foundation…

Virginia Reynolds purchases a substantial parcel of land for conservation in the 14,000 acre Green Springs National Historic District in Louisa County, VA not far from her childhood home and Hawkwood. Her goal was to help preserve the fertile farm land and rich architectural history. This initial purchase inspired the establishment

Virginia Reynolds dies in Richmond…

2014
Virginia Reynolds dies in Richmond…

Virginia Reynolds dies in Richmond, VA two months shy of her 100th birthday.

The Foundation is Fully Funded…

2017
The Foundation is Fully Funded…

The VSR Foundation is fully funded upon final settlement of Virginia Reynolds’ Estate. The Trustees position the Foundation for its mission to support Virginia Reynolds’ philanthropic priorities for decades to come.