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036-0080 Walter Reed Birthplace

Walter Reed Birthplace
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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 09/20/1973

NPS property number 73002017

Dr. Walter Reed, conqueror of yellow fever, was born in 1851 in this cottage at Belroi, a county crossroad. The tiny house, a rural, one room vernacular dwelling, is typical of a dwelling type once prevalent throughout Virginia’s Tidewater and Piedmont. The Reeds were using it as a temporary home until a parsonage could be completed for Reed’s father, the local Methodist minister. In the aftermath of the Spanish American War, Dr. Reed was appointed to head a commission to Cuba in 1900 to investigate the cause of yellow fever. His discovery that the disease was transmitted by mosquitoes led to its eradication. In 1926 Dr. Reed’s birthplace was acquired and restored by the Medical Society of Virginia. The property was transferred to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in 1968.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018