News | May 23, 2022

Family members of early DSCR landowner pay respects to their ancestors

By Leon Moore, Public Affairs Specialist DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

In 1797, Richard Gregory, one of the wealthiest landowners in Chesterfield County, Virginia, purchased 1,000 acres of land Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, sits on today. On this land he built Manor House, now known as the Bellwood House. It’s one of the oldest houses in Chesterfield County and is listed as a national historic landmark.

Descendants of Gregory, along with their spouses, visited DSCR May 19. Jimmy Parrish, chief of Defense Logistics Agency’s Installation Management Richmond’s Environmental Management Division accompanied them. During the visit, they were taken on a tour, which included seeing the construction of Phase II of the DLA Aviation Operations Center, experiencing the Bellwood elk, touring the newly renovated Bellwood House and visiting the Gregory Cemetery, where 14 known graves, including Richard Gregory’s, are enclosed behind the Bellwood House.

Richard Gregory, who lives in Powhatan County, Virginia and is a 6th generation Gregory, said he is grateful to the DSCR workforce for continuing to honor his family’s legacy.

“I’m really thrilled this is here and the installation has embraced this place and call it your own and take care of it,” Gregory said.