Near Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— Falling Creek Ironworks Park —
The existing vegetation is predominantly second-growth hardwood. The undergrowth is mostly herbaceous, along with woody plants such as alder, along the shoreline. Most of the trees are water-tolerant species such as red maple, sycamore and ash.
The site adjacent to Falling Creek is a fairly flat to gently sloping ﬂood plain. Further back from this low terrace are some moderate to steep side slopes.
In addition to the riparian habitat and the abundant natural resources that exist, the surrounding area also supports the possibility of future development into a recreational marina. This could provide commercial tour boats an alternative arrival destination to Falling Creek
This site is representative of a typical eastern bottomland, hardwood forest along the banks of the creek with unique tree and ground cover plants. Natural processes are easily and readily observable. The environment surrounding this location has profound biological interactions, between soil, microorganisms, ﬂowers, plants and water.
This balance within the ecosystem is what brought the ﬁrst settlers to the area, who needed abundant water supplies for powering grist mills and industry, trees for building materials, stones for building and construction, and wildlife for food. This site was an excellent location for the establishment of the earliest iron furnace operation in the New World by the colonists.
Falling Creek supports a variety of plants and wildlife
Erected 2016 by Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation, Chesterfield Heritage Alliance.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 37° 26.283′ N, 77° 26.278′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Marina Drive, on the right when traveling northTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond VA 23237, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iron Furnace Overlook (here, next to this marker); Cary’s Mill Overlook (here, next to this marker); Cultural History (a few steps from this marker); Historic Village of Bensley (a few steps from this marker); Historic Route 1 (a few steps from this marker); Falling Creek Stone Bridge (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Natural History (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Historic Village of Bensley (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation. (Submitted on January 26, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.