A pile of photographs from the 18th and early 19th century, all related to the Reed family of Fayetteville, was spotted in a dumpster by Dixie Rhyne, who retrieved them and was kind enough to allow publication of the photos on the Fayetteville History website.
The Reed family — George Washington Reed and Mary Jane Ferguson Reed — bought the Wilson home in the 600 block of Fayetteville’s West Dickson Street prior to the Civil War and settled in for the next century. Mr. Reed was a successful merchant, councilman, postmaster and circuit clerk.
They had seven children: Maggie, John Alois, Lina Xantha, George Jr., James Lafayette “Fay,” William L., and Maude F. Reed, most of whom attended the university, either in its preparatory school or as college students. A couple of photos also depict the next generation as well.