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Port Republic, Virginia Historical Markers

 
Madison Hall Marker image, Touch for more information
By Linda Walcroft, March 3, 2008
Madison Hall Marker
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — Madison HallHomesite scene of colonial settlement, Civil War clash
The crest of the hill was the site of Madison Hall, built in the mid-1700s for John Madison, the first Court Clerk of Augusta County, which originally included this area of Rockingham County within its frontier boundaries. In response to the . . . — Map (db m14083) HM
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — North River BridgeCovered bridge instrumental in Valley Campaign
The road seen across the river was the original route into the village from the north and west. Early visitors crossed North River by means of a ford, later a ferry, and finally a bridge. After the Civil War, four more bridges were built on . . . — Map (db m15792) HM
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — Palmer Lot at Middle FordFord was site of Jackson’s temporary bridge
Parallel to South River is seen the bed of the lower millrace which brought water power to several village industries. The Galliday Tannery was located on the far left; the Dundore/Downs Tannery on the adjoining property on the right. The Robert . . . — Map (db m14080) HM
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — Port Republic Foundry
The Port Republic Foundry was one of the leading industries of the town. Prior to the flood of 1870, a Mr. Holbrook operated a foundry shop where the notched sickle for the original McCormick Reaper was made. Although the original shop washed . . . — Map (db m88585) HM
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — The Frank Kemper HouseThriving river community was transportation hub
When Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood’s 1716 expedition first laid claim to the Shenandoah Valley, the area had already been used for centuries by Native Americans. The town of port Republic was laid off into lots and chartered by an 1802 act . . . — Map (db m16634) HM
Virginia (Rockingham County), Port Republic — The Point“The Point” marks Shenandoah River’s birth
Straight ahead is "The Point“ where the North River (Ieft) and the South River (right) meet to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Imagine a day in the early 1800s when the river depth was right for traffic. A flotilla of . . . — Map (db m88584) HM

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