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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1YDD_industrial-interlude_Fredericksburg-VA.html
The Rappahannock River has been the life blood of Fredericksburg, its velocity feeding five industrial raceways and its flow providing drinking water to three jurisdictions. From around 1770 through 2004, various types of dams diverted part of the…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1U31_the-slave-ship-othello-historical_Fredericksburg-VA.html
Virginia Fredericksburg Augt 25th 1773 Messrs. Samuel &William Vernon Gentlemen You will by this opportunity be advised by Capt. Jno. Duncan of his Arrival here, & valuing himself on Col. John Thornton for his Services in disposal of the Bri…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1U2Q_no-outlet-historical_Fredericksburg-VA.html
(panel 1) No Outlet Smith explored several Chesapeake rivers hoping to find a water passage to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, he discovered that even the longest rivers reached a point—a fall line—where higher ground and rocky waterfa…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1U2P_the-middle-passage-historical_Fredericksburg-VA.html
If the Atlantic were to dry up, it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones marking the various routes of the Middle Passage. -Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998) From 1502 to 1860, the trans-Atlantic slave trade brought o…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SXF_contact-an-industrial-society-confronts-a-native-american-culture-historical_Fredericksburg-VA.html
"They use also long arrows tyed in a line wherewith they shoot at fish in the rivers." —Captain John Smith In 1608, shortly after Jamestown had been established, Captain John Smith and a small crew worked a vessel up the Rappaha…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SXE_harnessing-the-rivers-power-historical_Fredericksburg-VA.html
Native Americans came to the falls of the Rappahannock River because seasonal runs of spawning fish provided food. Europeans settled near the falls to take advantage of the river's powerful flow. This area reflects more than a ce…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SPT_a-canal-defines-its-neighborhood_Fredericksburg-VA.html
The canal in front of you, constructed in the 1830s, was part of a navigation system that extended 50 miles up the Rappahannock River. The downstream terminus was a turning basin, in the block to your right. Several industries were located nearby,…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SPS_water-powered-industries_Fredericksburg-VA.html
In 1855, the Fredericksburg Water Power Company adapted the Rappahannock Company's navigation canal to be an industrial power canal. The canal turning basin became a mill pond and several raceways soon branched off to power the Germania Flour Mill…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SPR_germania-mill-recovering-from-the-civil-war_Fredericksburg-VA.html
In front of you stood the Germania Mill, built in 1866 by Myer and Frederick Brulle. Both men were immigrant German confectioners who teamed up after the Civil War to became millers. Fredericksburg's upper canal powered this enterprise and Germ…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1SPQ_hydroelectricity-brings-changes-to-fredericksburg_Fredericksburg-VA.html
Desperate for economic growth, following the Civil War, Fredericksburg embraced the technological innovation of hydroelectricity. In 1887, a local firm converted an old grist mill near the Falmouth Bridge to an electric generating plant. In …
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