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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor

 
 
Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 11, 2012
1. Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor Marker
Illustration caption: View of Fredericksburg, VA 1856 by E. Sachse & Co., Baltimore, Maryland. The harbor is located in the lower left of the image on the far bank of the river.
Inscription. The dock before you was once the site of a large wharf complex and ferry landing. From the founding of Fredericksburg in 1728, the river played a major role in the transportation of goods such as timber, flour and corn as well as passengers.

During the late 18th century, this area underwent a transformation from an informal scattering of individual docks into an organized wharf complex. The wharves once stretched from where you are standing northward to the railroad bridge.

Prior to the introduction of the railroad, the wharves were the center of commerce and transportation for the city and continued to play a major role in travel and trade throughout the 19th century.

From this site a traveler could board a vessel bound for numerous locations. A November, 1855, report in the Fredericksburg News lists New York, Boston and Portland, Maine, as cities served by vessels calling port in Fredericksburg.
 
Erected by University of Mary Washington.
 
Location. 38° 17.781′ N, 77° 27.185′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sophia Street and Frederick Street, on the left when traveling south on Sophia Street. Click for map. Located in City Dock Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
View of harbor area with railroad bridge in background image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 11, 2012
2. View of harbor area with railroad bridge in background
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); No Outlet (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Slave Ship Othello (about 300 feet away); The Middle Passage (about 300 feet away); The Sentry Box (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
View across the Rappahannock River at the ferry site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. View across the Rappahannock River at the ferry site
The ferry site's opposite shore is on the grounds of George Washington's Boyhood Home.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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