1619-1622Vanished now but for a trace, Falling Creek is the site of the first industrial ironworks in the New World. The close proximity of iron ore, wood for fuel and power provided by the falling water made the Falling Creek site perfect for this development. In 1619, the Virginia Company sent artisans to the colony to set up the industry, but it was not until 1621 that the blast furnace was in place and ready for use, with an initial shipment of iron to England planned for April 1622. The ironworks were, however, destroyed on March 22, 1622, during the first Powhatan Indian uprising, and the iron was never shipped.
|Placed By||Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation, Chesterfield Heritage Alliance|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:18pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 284259 N 4146206|
|Decimal Degrees||37.43756667, -77.43855000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 26.254', W 77° 26.313'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 26' 15.24" N, 77° 26' 18.78" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond VA 23234, US|
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