Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Frank Kemper House
Thriving river community was transportation hub
By 1832, Port Republic had become a thriving industrial town and shipping port. The millraces supported a foundry, a tannery, grist mills, a woolen mill, sawmills/a cooper, a tilt-hammer shop, a tinner, boot and shoe factories, weavers, a saddler, a cabinet maker, a turner, a chairmaker, blacksmiths, stores, and other small industries and artisans.
The village’s location where two tributary rivers converge to form the Shenandoah made it a transportation hub. As a result, the seven roads leading into Port were used to bring goods from farms, forests, and mines. One hundred yards south of here, raw products and manufactured goods were loaded onto flat-bottomed boats and transported north.
This, the home of Benjamin Franklin Kemper and his wife, Eliza Holbrook, was built in the 1830s. Here Kemper kept the account books for the mill across the street and operated an inn and tavern for boatmen. On June 6, 1862, Confederate general
Erected by Society of Port Republic Preservationists Inc., in cooperation with the Shenandoah Valley National Battlefields Historic District Commission. Installation by the Port Republic Ruritan Club.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 17.74′ N, 78° 48.65′ W. Marker was in Port Republic, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker was on Water Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); North River Bridge (about 500 feet away); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Port Republic Foundry (approx. half a mile away); Madison Hall (approx. half a mile away); Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 1.5 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 2.4 miles away); Port Republic (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Republic.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a section From An Atlas of Rockingham County, Va. D.J. Lake & Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at Chestnut Ridge, where General Ashby was killed leading a bayonet charge.
Also see . . . History of the Frank Kemper Home (Port Republic Museum). The Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc. (Submitted on February 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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