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Near Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksville Furnace

 
 
Fredericksville Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 15, 2012
1. Fredericksville Furnace Marker
Inscription. Charles Chiswell established the iron-making community of Fredericksville near this point of Douglas Run, a tributary of the North Anna River. The furnace had been in blast for about five years when William Byrd in 1732 toured the site in the company of Chiswell and his iron-master, Robert Durham. An archaeological investigation of the furnace was financed by Virginia Electric and Power Company in 1970.
 
Erected 1971 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number EM-1.)
 
Location. 38° 5.338′ N, 77° 47.227′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208) near the Douglas Run causeway, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spotsylvania's War Effort (approx. 2.7 miles away); Spotsylvania’s First African American Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Jerdone Castle (approx. 6.1 miles away); Social and Economic Richness in the Livingston District (approx.
Fredericksville Furnace Marker on Route 208 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 15, 2012
2. Fredericksville Furnace Marker on Route 208
7.3 miles away); Asbury’s Deathplace (approx. 9 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2359 (approx. 9.4 miles away); Penny’s Tavern Site (approx. 9.5 miles away); Third Spotsylvania County Courthouse Site (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Extended Research - Fredericksburg Area Markers. “Very little research has been done on Charles Chiswell and his furnace at Fredericksville. The small town of Fredericksville has long been erased from the maps of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. The iron works were situated in the southwestern part of Spotsylvania County, about a half a mile from the North Anna River and twenty-four miles from the shipping point on the Rappahannock River. There are no definite dates for the beginning or end of the mine’s operation. Most likely, the Fredericksville furnace began operation between 1723 and 1727.” (Submitted on September 16, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Fredericksville Furnace Marker and the Douglas Run arm of Lake Anna image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 15, 2012
3. Fredericksville Furnace Marker and the Douglas Run arm of Lake Anna
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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