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Virginius Island Waterpowered Mill Complex, North bank of Shenandoah River 0.5 mile from confl, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, WV



B&W Photos

HB1299201
BWPhotos 192618

HB1299202
BWPhotos 192619

HB1299203
BWPhotos 192620

HB1299204
BWPhotos 192621

HB1299205
BWPhotos 192622

HB1299206
BWPhotos 192623

HB1299207
BWPhotos 192624

HB1299208
BWPhotos 192625

HB1299209
BWPhotos 192626

HB1299210
BWPhotos 192627

HB1299211
BWPhotos 192628

HB1299212
BWPhotos 192629

HB1299213
BWPhotos 192630


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North bank of Shenandoah River 0.5 mile from confl, Harpers%252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BFerry, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WV-83
Significance: Virginius Island is significant because it is representative of nineteenth-century water-powered industry, the type which initially kindled America's Industrial Revolution. The Island's first industry, a saw mill, was established in 1824 by Lewis Wernwag. For the next one hundred years, despite devastating flooding and the Civil War, Virginius Island remained a center of industry. Later Island industries included tanneries, flour mills, cotton mills, machine shop, iron foundry, and a pulp mill, the last mill to operate on the Island. Today only ruins of these industries remain: the canal headgates, the intake tunnels, the large and small cotton mills, the siltation basins, and vestiges of the power canal.

Related Names
Winant, E., Delineator
Spyrakos, C., Delineator
Ross, P., Delineator
Bonenberger, D., Delineator
Jordan, B., Delineator
Birdsong, S., Delineator
Kierstead, M., Delineator
Coffey, B., Delineator


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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