Near Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Falling Creek Iron Works
Three unsuccessful attempts to rebuild the site followed. In 1750, Archibald Cary built a forge, and iron was once again worked at Falling Creek. This operation was destroyed in 1781 by British forces under the command of Benedict Arnold. The forge was replaced by the Ampthill Gristmill, after the conclusion of the American Revolution. This facility operated until 1906, when the site ceased all activity.
Here at Falling Creek, hopes were unleashed, battles fought, and unrealized dreams gradually faded. The Failing Creek Park and interpretive center will be a tribute to those who struggled at this tiny outpost, where the sound of industry was first heard.
Location. 37° 26.254′ N, 77° 26.313′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Marina Drive, on the right when traveling north on Jefferson Davis Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Falling Creek Ironworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Warwick (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Iron Foundry in America (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Drewry’s Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Drewry’s Bluff (approx. ¾ mile away); Ampthill Estate (approx. 0.9 miles away); Camp Beall (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Darling (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo with the caption, "The falls at Falling Creek provided the power needed for the production of iron." On the right is "Art depicting the attack on the ironworks in the 1622 Good Friday Massacre."
Also see . . .
1. Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation (Submitted on July 3, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Falling Creek Ironworks. Chesterfield Heritage Alliance (Submitted on July 3, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.