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Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond

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The Tredegar Iron Works was a historic iron works in Richmond, the capital of the U.S. state of Virginia. Opened in 1837, by 1860 it was the third-largest iron manufacturer in the United States. During the American Civil War, the works served as the primary iron and artillery production facility of the Confederate States of America. The iron works avoided destruction during the Evacuation Fire of 1865, and continued production through the middle of the 20th century.Today a National Historic Landmark District, the 22-acre site and remaining structures serve as the main visitor center for the Richmond National Battlefield Park of the National Park Service, as well as the location of a private museum, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.HistoryFounding (1836–1841)In 1836, a group of Richmond businessmen and industrialists led by Francis B. Deane, Jr. set about to capitalize on the growing railroad boom in the United States. The group hired Rhys Davies, then a young engineer, to construct a new facility, brought a number of his fellow iron workers from Tredegar, Wales, to construct the furnaces and rolling mills. The foundry was named in honor of the town of Tredegar, where iron works of the same name were constructed in the early 19th century. The new works opened in 1837, yet the Panic of 1837 and accompanying downturn resulted in hardship for the new company. Davies died in Richmond in September 1838 from stab wounds sustained in a fight with a workman and was buried on Belle Isle in the James River.
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  • Took a guided tour. Felt like my vision of the south during the Civil War but there was much history that I was not aware of.  more »
  • Visited Tredegar on a recent trip to Richmond. This National Park Service Museum is small with relatively few exhibits but there is no admission charge so its all good. the films were the high point. ...  more »
  • Watch Ken Burn's The Civil War before you go, and just imagine what it was like to be working at Tredegar, or supplying the great machines there. We have come so far as a country, it's a wonderful thi...  more »

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