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Ross’ Mill Race

 
 
Ross' Mill Race Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Ross' Mill Race Marker
Inscription. 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..."
 
Location. 37° 31.999′ N, 77° 26.159′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Byrd Street 0.1 miles west of Virginia Street. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between Virginia Street and S 12th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Electric Trolley (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Newport Cross / Canal Walk
Site plan of the Haxall Crenshaw Mills image. Click for full size.
By E.T.D. Myers, Jr., July 1894
2. Site plan of the Haxall Crenshaw Mills
(within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Newport Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gallego Mill Flume (about 300 feet away); The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond (about 300 feet away); Heron Rookery (about 300 feet away); 13th Street Bridge (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a "Site plan of the Haxall Crenshaw Mills as surveyed and mapped by E.T.D. Myers, Jr. July, 1894"
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Ross' Mill Race Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. Ross' Mill Race Marker
Ross' Mill Race image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
4. Ross' Mill Race
Ross' Mill Race and James River Overlook. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
5. Ross' Mill Race and James River Overlook.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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