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Peter Jones Trading Station

 
 
Peter Jones Trading Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
1. Peter Jones Trading Station Marker
Inscription. Of rubble stone construction, this building appears to have been built sometime between 1650 and 1750. Its type of construction is unique to the Fall Zone where stone can be quarried from the building site’s environs. Between 1785 and 1791 the building served as Petersburg’s first magazine for powder and arms storage. There was a disastrous fire in this area in 1808. Insurance records show another fire occurred in 1840 followed by a renovation of the building in 1845. The earliest extant photographs show this renovated building.

The structure served as a detention facility during the Civil War principally to house both recalcitrant Virginians and captured northern soldiers. At one point after the Battle of the Crater, the facility housed captured Native-American Federal soldiers from Michigan and Confederate soldiers serving punishment for military offenses. The brick addition may have been built during this period. In the 20th century, the building served a variety of purposes, last as part of a granary gutted by a destructive fire in 1980.
 
Erected 2011 by Petersburg Foundation, Historic Petersburg Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 13.991′ N, 77° 24.44′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at
Peter Jones Trading Station (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
2. Peter Jones Trading Station (facing south)
the intersection of North Market Street and Pike Street, on the right when traveling south on North Market Street. 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 walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Peter Jones Trading Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Peter Jones Trading Station (here, next to this marker); Rock Garden (a few steps from this marker); Major Peter Jones (a few steps from this marker); Concrete Bunker (a few steps from this marker); Petersburg’s Role In Trade (a few steps from this marker); Tavern Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Ball Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Petersburg Foundation. (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Oldest building in Petersburg, the Peter Jones Trading Station, is open for visitors. The Progress-Index (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Peter Jones Trading Station (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
3. Peter Jones Trading Station (facing north)
Peter Jones Trading Station (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
4. Peter Jones Trading Station (facing west)
Peter Jones Trading Station (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
5. Peter Jones Trading Station (facing east)
The Carriage House apartments, a former tobacco warehouse, can be seen in the background
 
 
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 353 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 18, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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