Washington Iron Works

Washington Iron Works (HM18V9)

Location: Rocky Mt, VA 24151 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 59.337', W 79° 53.448'

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Here stands the furnace and ironmaster's house of the Washington Iron Works, Franklin County's first industry. Originally established in 1773 by Col. John Donelson, father-in-law of President Andrew Jackson, the iron plantation was acquired in 1779 by Col. James Callaway and Jeremiah Early and expanded to 18,000 acres to become one of the last great iron plantations in Virginia. The Saunders family continued the operation until 1850, supplying iron locally and as far south as Georgia.

Franklin County Bicentennial 1786-1986.
HM NumberHM18V9
Marker NumberA-97
Year Placed1987
Placed ByDepartment of Conservation and Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:31pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 598708 N 4094221
Decimal Degrees36.98895000, -79.89080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 59.337', W 79° 53.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 59' 20.22" N, 79° 53' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35 S Main St, Rocky Mt VA 24151, US
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