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

Matoaca Mill Site

 
 
Matoaca Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 15, 2011
1. Matoaca Mill Site Marker
Inscription. Originally named the Providence Manufacturing Company, Matoaca Manufacturing (Mill) had its beginning here late in the 1700s on land then known as Olive Hill Plantation. Initially operated as a grist mill, by 1838 it was producing cotton cloth and paper. The mill contained 4,000 spindles and 170 looms. The paper it produced was used by publishers in Petersburg and other southern cities. The mill reached its highest number of employees by 1880, the majority of whom were women and children. Early in the 1880s, the mill modernized its plant equipment by adding auxiliary steam engines.
 
Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 324-b.)
 
Location. 37° 13.619′ N, 77° 28.629′ W. Marker is in Matoaca, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Pickett Avenue (Virginia Route 600) and Ferndale Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Pickett Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edge Hill (approx. 1 miles away); Central State Hospital (approx. 1.7 miles away); Petersburg State Colony for the Negro Insane
Pickett Ave (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 15, 2011
2. Pickett Ave (facing south)
Mill ruins are to the right along the Appomattox River.
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mattoax (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 2.1 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (approx. 2.4 miles away); A.P. Hill Death Site (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Matoaca Mill. (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Women of Matoaca Mills. Chesterfield Observer (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Matoaca Mill Workers image. Click for full size.
By Lewis Wickes Hine, 1911
3. Matoaca Mill Workers
Group showing typical workers in the small mills of Virginia, while industry is at ebb-tide. Matoaca, Va. June 1911. The little ones on left end "only help some. Have to be 14 to work." Found very few very young workers. Times are slack. Many of the hands have found work in Petersburg. Location: Matoaca, Virginia. Library of Congress [LC-DIG-nclc-02184]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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