Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Falling Creek Ironworks

 
 
Falling Creek Ironworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. Falling Creek Ironworks Marker
Inscription. Nearby on Falling Creek is the first ironworks in English North America. It was established by the Virginia Company to supply iron for the colony and for export to England. Construction began in 1619. The works, including a blast furnace, were completed under ironmaster John Berkeley and production began late in 1621 or early in 1622. The facility was destroyed and almost everyone there (twenty-seven people) was killed during the 22 Mar. 1622 Indian attacks coordinated by Chief Opechancanough that struck this and various other English settlements. There were three other unsuccessful 17th-century attempts to restart the ironworks.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 4.)
 
Location. 37° 26.289′ N, 77° 26.324′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles south of Chippenham Parkway (Virginia Route 150), in the median. Click for map. This marker is located at the Falling Creek Wayside. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23234, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Warwick (here, next to this marker); Falling Creek Iron Works
Falling Creek Ironworks Marker at Falling Creek Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. Falling Creek Ironworks Marker at Falling Creek Wayside
(within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Iron Foundry in America (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Drewry’s Bluff (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Drewry’s Bluff (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ampthill Estate (approx. 0.9 miles away); Camp Beall (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Darling (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  The Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation. (Submitted on February 14, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement