Breaking Stones with Feathers

Breaking Stones with Feathers (HM2GQ1)

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N 37° 32.228', W 77° 29.172'

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The wall of granite ahead is the remnant of a small quarry. Granite from this site may have been used in the construction of the canal locks or canal arch in this park.

Quarrying was a major industry in Richmond during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The city's location on the Fall Line yields a natural abundance of this hard stone. Local granite can be found in old curbstones and sidewalks throughout the city and is a prominent feature throughout Shockoe Slip.

Look for a series of finger sized grooves along the edge of a piece of granite in front of you. These marks were made by a rock splitting techniques called the "Feather and Wedge" system.

A series of holes was drilled in a straight line where the stone was to be split.

Two "L"-shaped pieces of iron (called "feathers") were placed in the holes and a wedge was hammered down between them.

The feathers allowed the wedge to be loosened and pressure to be readjusted. When the pressure was even the stone would split in a straight line.

As you explore this park, try to find these marks on the walls of the canal and Pump House.
HM NumberHM2GQ1
Placed ByLyn Newcomb
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Date Added Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280335 N 4157365
Decimal Degrees37.53713333, -77.48620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.228', W 77° 29.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 13.68" N, 77° 29' 10.32" W
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