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

A Navigation Canal Becomes a Raceway

 
 
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By Kevin W.
1. A navigation canal becomes a raceway Marker
Inscription.  The Rappahannock Navigation system provided a means to transport bulk cargo between Fredericksburg and upriver farms and mines. In 1829, with financial assistance from Virginia’s Board for Public Works, the Rappahannock Company began construction of a series of canals and related dams. The canal section in front of you was three and one half miles long and routed boats around the river’s falls.

By 1849, a 50-mile navigation system had been extended upstream. Insufficient revenues, however, cause the Commonwealth to foreclose on its loan in 1853. In 1854-1855, the Fredericksburg Water Power Company acquired this portion of the navigation system and constructed a dam across the Rappahannock River that shortened this canal section by a mile and a half. This new structure altered the canal’s function from navigation to water power. This upper canal eventually powered several local industries.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.987′ 
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By Kevin W.
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The foot bridge on the right crosses the old canal to a convenient parking area. Fall Hill Avenue traffic can be seen crossing in the background.
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N, 77° 29.161′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Fall Hill Avenue. Marker is at the northern entry point of the Old Canal Pathway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Confederate Defenses in December 1862 (here, next to this marker); Civil War Defenses (here, next to this marker); Confederate and Federal Defenses in May 1863 (a few steps from this marker); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Fall Hill Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tactical Terrain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Industrial Interlude (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (see nearby markers).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,272 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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Jul. 28, 2021