Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Canal Deﬁnes its Neighborhood
In the 1880s, R.T. Knox and Brother moved their Sumac Extract Works to an existing mill at this turning basin, after they converted their mill on the lower canal to an electric generating plant. Newly available electricity freed industries from having to locate along waterways and by the end of World War I, the Knox Brothers enterprise had moved again. Within a decade, the Canal had been rerouted and the turning basin drained and filled in. A neighborhood rapidly developed in the area, changing its character from industrial to residential.
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 18.523′ N, 77° 28.004′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker was at the intersection of Canal Street and Prince Edward Street, on the right when traveling west on Canal Street. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Powered Industries (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Religious Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. George Eskridge Memorial Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (approx. ¼ mile away); Meditation Rock (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Old Mill District (approx. ¼ mile away); Hydroelectricity Brings Changes to Fredericksburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Germania Mill: Recovering from the Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named A Canal Deﬁnes Its Neighborhood (see nearby markers).
Also see . . . The Story of the Rappahannock Canal. 1978 article by Robert A. Hodge. (Submitted on June 2, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Rappahannock Canal
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,823 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016.