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Ettrick in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Beginning of Ettrick

Virginia State University

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
1. The Beginning of Ettrick Marker
Inscription.  Even though mills were thriving along the riverbank, it was not until the 1830s that the village of Ettrick took shape. In 1830, entrepreneur Jabez Smith and partner Edward Stokes purchased the old Campbell mills. By this time, the mill owners had dug a canal to control the flow of water to the wheels of various mills. Along with the grist mills, there was a distillery and a cottonseed mill. Cottonseed contained a valuable clean-burning oil used for lamps. By-products such as cattle feed and salad oil also were profitable. The world's first industrial production of cottonseed oil occurred in Ettrick, after inventor Francis Follett and his financial backer Jabez Smith developed a machine to process the seeds. In 1838 Smith established the Ettrick Manufacturing Company along the canal above Campbell's Bridge. The factory and canals sprawled over 46 acres. Raw bales of cotton entered the complex, and finished cloth came out of the other end.
 
Erected by Virginia State University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 37° 13.99′ N, 77° 25.033′ W. Marker is in Ettrick, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Chesterfield Avenue (Virginia Route 36), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville NC 28303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The History of Virginia State University (here, next to this marker); "The Rocks" (a few steps from this marker); Local Workforce At The Mills (a few steps from this marker); Mr. Frederick Francoz Simms (a few steps from this marker); Simms Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Crossing Over The Appomattox River (within shouting distance of this marker); Silk Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaping Of The Town (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ettrick.
 
The Beginning of Ettrick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
2. The Beginning of Ettrick Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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