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Rocketts Landing

 
 
Rocketts Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Rocketts Landing Marker
Inscription. Rocketts, or Rocketts Landing, is the river frontage of the community, named for Robert Rockett who operated a ferry across the James River beginning in the 1730s. Tenant laborers and merchants filled the floodplain with clusters of small houses and commercial establishments. Free black residents, Jews, and immigrants from Germany, Scotland, and Ireland worked to make Rocketts a prosperous world seaport between 1790 and 1830. Shipping lines connected Rocketts to Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, and various South American and European ports. Tobacco and flour were the main exports. Between 1830 and 1861 Rocketts became more of a manufacturing center for tobacco products than a bulk shipping center.
 
Location. 37° 31.552′ N, 77° 25.247′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and 2806 Pear Street. Click for map. This marker is located at the east end of the parking lot in the Great Shiplock Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dock Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Ship Lock (here, next to this marker); Confederate Navy Yard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock
Rocketts Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Rocketts Landing Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Coffer Dams (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocketts Landing and Wharf / Confederate Navy Yard / Powhatan’s Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); City Locks River Gauge (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Chapel Island (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Rocketts Landing. The Confederate Navy Yard occupied both banks of the James River, including the community and port of Rocketts Landing on the north bank.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Richmond - James River Park System. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. NPS - James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Friends of the James River Park. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View from the great lock towards Rocketts Landing. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. View from the great lock towards Rocketts Landing.
View of Rocketts [Landing] and south side of James River from Libby Hill. image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
4. View of Rocketts [Landing] and south side of James River from Libby Hill.
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-133092]
Richmond, Virginia. Wharf at Rocketts. image. Click for full size.
Apr 1865
5. Richmond, Virginia. Wharf at Rocketts.
Library of Congress [LC-B811-3264B]
Rocketts Port of Richmond, Va. image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
6. Rocketts Port of Richmond, Va.
VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
Great Shiplock Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
7. Great Shiplock Park
The great lock, built between 1850-1854, connected the James River with the Richmond Dock, completing the James River and Kanawha Canal system that bypassed seven miles of falls and continued 197 miles through Virginia’s western mountain ranges.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,236 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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