Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works

Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works (HMG64)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
Country: United States of America

N 37° 32.127', W 77° 26.785'

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Once called Washington's or Broad Rock Island, Belle Isle was bought by Captain John Smith from Chief Powatan in 1608. Early travelers found the island natural and idyllic and current visitors only see hints of the island's industrial past. In 1815, a wooden dam built on the southern side diverted water to power a nail factory, which eventually became Old Dominion Iron and Steel. Belle Isle later became the home of stone quarries and a Virginia Electric Power plant.

Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works
Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works began in 1832. This large factory employed many Richmonders. The company manufactured iron bars, horseshoes, nails, spikes, staybolt bars for steam locomotives, and plates for the C.S.S Virginia and other vessels during the Civil War. As steel replaced iron, the company changed its name to Old Dominion Iron and Steel Corporation and began producing steel products.
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HM NumberHMG64
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283846 N 4157086
Decimal Degrees37.53545000, -77.44641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.127', W 77° 26.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 7.62" N, 77° 26' 47.10" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 490 Tredegar St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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