Jackson's Ferry and Shot Tower

Jackson's Ferry and Shot Tower (HMLQ4)

Location: Max Meadows, VA 24360 Wythe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 52.383', W 80° 52.217'

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By 1770 Capt. William Herbert had established a ferry across the nearby New River that became known as Jackson's Ferry. Thomas Jackson erected the 75-foot shot tower in the early 1800s to manufacture shot for firearms. The Austinville mines supplied lead for this business. Molten lead was dripped through a sieve from the top of the tower, then fell through the structure and an additional 75-foot shaft beneath the building into a kettle of water. While falling, the lead cooled and developed into shot pellets; the water cushioned the fall. The shaft was connected to the riverbank by a tunnel through which the shot was carried and then loaded onto boats.
HM NumberHMLQ4
Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker NumberKD 6
Year Placed2000
Placed ByVirginia Department of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 2:04am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] IXIE VERNS  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 511560 N 4080797
Decimal Degrees36.87305000, -80.87028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 52.383', W 80° 52.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 52' 22.9800" N, 80° 52' 13.0200" W
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Area Code(s)276
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 172 Fort Chiswell Rd, Max Meadows VA 24360, US
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