Ross' Mill Race

Ross' Mill Race (HMFV0)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.999', W 77° 26.159'

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The fluctuating water level of the James River inspired David Ross to construct this mill race. He designed it to provide a continuous source of water power for the mills he owned on this site from c. 1784 to 1809.

David Ross was born in Scotland c. 1739, and came to Virginia in the 1750s. He became a prominent Richmond merchant, tobacco planter, ship owner and operator of one of the largest iron works in the Revolutionary South.

On the occasion of his death in 1817, the "Richmond Enquirer" wrote: "....he was no ordinary man. He was gifted with a mind of extraordinary acuteness. As a Commercial Agent, he greatly befriended this Commonwealth during the struggles of the Revolution, at a time when she most needed assistance. He was a most interesting and a most intelligent companion..."
HM NumberHMFV0
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:40pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284762 N 4156826
Decimal Degrees37.53331667, -77.43598333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.999', W 77° 26.159'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 59.94" N, 77° 26' 9.54" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 160 VA-195, Richmond VA 23223, US
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