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Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port Republic Foundry

 
 
Port Republic Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 11, 2015
1. Port Republic Foundry Marker
Inscription. The Port Republic Foundry was one of the leading industries of the town. Prior to the flood of 1870, a Mr. Holbrook operated a foundry shop where the notched sickle for the original McCormick Reaper was made. Although the original shop washed away in the flood, it was rebuilt and later purchased by William M. Groah and George W. Cash in 1888. In 1900 Mr. Groah purchased the interest owned by Mr. Cash. The Foundry was engaged in casting pots, kettles, stoves, wagon springs, window weights, door stops, wheel hubs, plow points and their associated parts. Iron cooking utensils from the foundry are still in use in the area today. They do not have an identifying mark but are distinguished by the rim on the bottom of each pan which is said to prevent cracking. The Foundry provided a ready market for scrap iron which was recycled in a most efficient way using coke as the smelting fuel, which did not pollute the air.

A horizontal water wheel powered by a mill race was installed in 1903 to increase efficiency. The waterpower was used to drive the huge blower that supplied air to the cupola. The Foundry supplied water power to the town for electricity when the Port Republic Electric Light Company was organized 1916. The Foundry's water power was used to drive the electrical machinery until the electric company transferred
Port Republic Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 11, 2015
2. Port Republic Foundry Marker
its charter and machinery in 1926. The Foundry ceased operations in 1945 upon the death of William Groah.

(captions)
(top) Horses and wagon loaded with plow points made at the William M. Groah Foundry in the background.
(bottom) Left to Right: Bob Meyerhoffer, William Groah, Harvey Scott, Luther Sipe

This plaque erected by: The descendants of William & Lucy Viola Connell Groah
 
Erected by The Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 17.552′ N, 78° 49.106′ W. Marker is in Port Republic, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Water Street south of Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Hall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Frank Kemper House (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); The Point (approx. half a mile away); North River Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 1.9 miles away but has been reported missing); George Caleb Bingham (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Republic.
 
Also see . . .  Port Republic Museum. The Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc. (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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