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

A Canal Defines its Neighborhood

 
 
A Canal Defines its Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 2, 2007
1. A Canal Defines its Neighborhood Marker
Inscription. The canal in front of you is a section of a navigation system that extended 50 miles up the Rappahannock River. The downstream terminus was a turning basin, in the block to your right. Several industries were established nearby, some that benefited from the canal’s navigation function and others from its waterpower.

In the 1880s, R.T. Knox and Brother moved their Sumac Extract Works to an existing mill at this turning basin, after they converted their mill on the lower canal to an electric generating plant. Newly available electricity freed industries from having to locate along waterways and by the end of World War I, the Knox Brothers enterprise had moved again. Within a decade, the Canal had been rerouted and the turning basin drained and filled in. A neighborhood rapidly developed in the area, changing its character from industrial to residential.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.523′ N, 77° 28.004′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Canal Street and Prince Edward Street, on the right when traveling west on Canal Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker at the Pedestrian Bridge Over the Canal image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
2. Marker at the Pedestrian Bridge Over the Canal
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood ( within shouting distance of this marker); Water Powered Industries ( about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Religious Liberty ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. George Eskridge Memorial Tree ( approx. ¼ mile away); The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle ( approx. ¼ mile away); Meditation Rock ( approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Old Mill District ( approx. ¼ mile away); Hydroelectricity Brings Changes to Fredericksburg ( approx. ¼ mile away); Germania Mill: Recovering from the Civil War ( approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  The Story of the Rappahannock Canal. 1978 article by Robert A. Hodge. (Submitted on June 2, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Rappahannock Canal
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Pedestrian bridge over the Rappahannock Canal. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
3. Pedestrian bridge over the Rappahannock Canal.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,854 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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