Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory

Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory (HMG5)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Country: United States of America

N 38° 17.594', W 77° 27.539'

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The Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory was established by an ordinance passed by Virginia's third revolutionary convention on 17 July 1775. Built on this site soon thereafter by Fielding Lewis and Charles Dick, it was the first such factory in America. Its workers repaired and manufactured small arms for the regiments of numerous Virginia counties during the Revolutionary War. The factory's principal product was modeled after the British Brown Bess musket, the standard infantry arm of the day. Only a handful of the Fredericksburg muskets survive. In 1783 the factory closed and the General Assembly transferred the land and buildings to the trustees of the Fredericksburg Academy. The property was sold to a merchant in 1801 and later subdivided.
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HM NumberHMG5
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Marker NumberN 7
Year Placed1994
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 12:17am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284954 N 4241211
Decimal Degrees38.29323333, -77.45898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.594', W 77° 27.539'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 35.64" N, 77° 27' 32.34" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 513 Clarke St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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