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

Silk Mill

Virginia State University

 
 
Silk Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
1. Silk Mill Marker
Inscription.  The Virginia State Normal School, now Virginia State University, purchased a two-acre tract with a mill building from John Stearns for the sum of $35,000 in 1922. The mill was used for silk dying and weaving and was one of many water powered mills located on the banks of the Appomattox River from the mid-1840s through the 1890s. This post card view of the mill was taken around 1912 and shows the former Virginia Hall in the background.
 
Erected by Virginia State University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 37° 13.969′ N, 77° 25.031′ 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: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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. Shaping Of The Town (a few steps from this marker); Railroad Crossing Over The Appomattox River (within shouting distance of this marker); Simms Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Local Workforce At The Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beginning of Ettrick (within shouting distance of this marker); The History of Virginia State University (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Rocks" (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Frederick Francoz Simms (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ettrick.
 
Silk Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
2. Silk Mill 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 268 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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