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Near Lynchburg in Campbell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oxford Furnace

 
 
Oxford Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2011
1. Oxford Furnace Marker
Inscription. Just south across Little Beaver Creek stand the ruins of the last of three Oxford Iron Works furnaces built in the vicinity. Virginia and Pennsylvania investors began the ironworks nearby between 1768 and 1772 as a small bloomery forge. According to local tradition, James Callaway built the first blast furnace a mile south before the Revolutionary War. David Ross, a Petersburg entrepreneur, bought the property and built the second furnace on another branch of the creek by late 1776. Thomas Jefferson praised Oxford iron for its high quality. William Ross, an heir of David Ross, and his partners operated the third furnace from about 1836 to 1875.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 150.)
 
Location. 37° 22.559′ N, 79° 2.484′ W. Marker is near Lynchburg, Virginia, in Campbell County. Marker is on Richmond Highway (U.S. 460) 0.1 miles east of Oxford Furnace Road (County Route 662), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Athos (approx. 1.6 miles away); Buffalo Lick Plantation (approx. 2.8 miles
US Rt 460 (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2011
2. US Rt 460 (facing west)
away); Concord Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Appomattox County / Campbell County (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pauline Weeden Maloney (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lynchburg Defenses (approx. 4.8 miles away); Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett (approx. 4.9 miles away); Chestnut Hill (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced a late 1920s marker with the same title and number that read “Across the stream stood Oxford Furnace, conducted in the Revolution by James Calloway to supply military materials. Iron mines were near by. The furnace was operated until 1875, the mill until 1900.”
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Oxford Furnace Rd south of Little Beaver Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2011
3. Oxford Furnace Rd south of Little Beaver Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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