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

Natural History

 

—Falling Creek Ironworks Park —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, January 25, 2017
1. Natural History Marker
Inscription. The Falling Creek Ironworks site is located seven miles south of Richmond, along Falling Creek, adjacent to Jefferson Davis Highway. The location also serves as a gateway to the area and is a draw for visitors to the Falling Creek Greenway with abundant natural resources of geology, hydrology, flora and fauna. The unique features of the falls and the natural scenic beauty of the area attract anglers, birders, hikers and photographers.

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 Ironworks Park and other historic sites.

This site is representative of a typical eastern bottomland, hardwood forest along the banks of the creek with unique tree and ground cover plants.
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By Bernard Fisher, January 25, 2017
2. Natural History Marker
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.

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Falling Creek supports a variety of plants and wildlife
 
Erected 2016 by Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation, Chesterfield Heritage Alliance.
 
Location. 37° 26.28′ N, 77° 26.29′ 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 north. Touch for map. Located in Falling Creek Ironworks Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cultural History (a few steps from this marker); Historic Village of Bensley
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By Bernard Fisher, January 25, 2017
3. Natural History Marker
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Natural History (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); Iron Furnace Overlook (a few steps from this marker); Cary’s Mill Overlook (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.)
 
Categories. Environment
 
Falling Creek Ironworks Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
4. Falling Creek Ironworks Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 336 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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