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

Haxall Millrace

 
 
Haxall Millrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Haxall Millrace Marker
Inscription. The first gristmill in Richmond was built on rocks in the river and approached by planks laid from one rock to another.

In the 19th century, fleets of schooners and brigs carried Richmond's flour to Brazil and around Cape Horn to San Francisco and Australia.

From Colonial times, the waterpower of the James was used to grind wheat into flour. This became even more effective when millraces, like the Haxall canal, were dug to divert water from the river for this purpose. Eventually, Richmond became one of the largest flour exporters in the world.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 32.018′ N, 77° 26.292′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tredegar Street and South 7th Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between S 10th Street and S 11th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christopher Newport Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christopher Newport Cross / Canal Walk (about 600 feet away); Electric Trolley
Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk
(about 600 feet away); Ross' Mill Race (about 600 feet away); Tidewater Connection Locks (about 700 feet away); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 700 feet away); Gallego Mill Flume (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brown’s Island (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond’s Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Richmond, Va. Haxall & Crenshaw's Flour Mill; Canal lock in foreground. image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
3. Richmond, Va. Haxall & Crenshaw's Flour Mill; Canal lock in foreground.
Library of Congress [LC-B815- 880]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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