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

Crimean Ovens

The Bermuda Hundred Campaign

 
 
Crimean Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2017
1. Crimean Ovens Marker
Inscription. The wooded area in front of you contains rare examples of a radiant heat system called a Crimean Oven. This system was used to heat hospital tents at Point of Rocks during the Civil War. The concept behind Crimean Ovens dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. A heat source was located outside of the tent. The flue for the heat source consisted of a shallow trench approximately 12 inches wide and 18 inches deep that was lined with bricks and covered with an iron plate. A chimney would then be placed on the opposite side of the tent. As hot air passed through the flue to the chimney, the adjacent ground would be heated. This provided even heat and eliminated the dust, smoke and soot that would have resulted from having a heat source inside the tent. By extending the flue trench, multiple tents could be heated from one source.

This sign was sponsored by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
 
Erected 2016 by Chesterfield County and the Blue & Gray Education Society.
 
Location. 37° 19.234′ N, 77° 20.223′ W. Marker is in Enon, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Enon Church Road (Virginia Route 746) and Point of Rocks Road
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2. Crimean Ovens
, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in Historic Point of Rocks Park (under development). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 Enon Church Rd, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); The Strachan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Point of Rocks Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nurses at Point of Rocks Hospital (about 300 feet away); Pontoon Bridge (about 500 feet away); The United States Submarine Propeller Alligator (about 500 feet away); The Appomattox River Raid, June 26-28, 1862 (about 500 feet away); The First Attacks on Petersburg (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enon.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
Remains of a Crimean Oven chimney here at Hitoric Point of Rocks image. Click for full size.
3. Remains of a Crimean Oven chimney here at Hitoric Point of Rocks
Crimean Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2017
4. Crimean Ovens Marker
Remains of a Crimean Oven image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2017
5. Remains of a Crimean Oven
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2017.   4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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