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

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

 
 
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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.
Survey number: HAER WV-83

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Historic American Engineering Record, creator
O'Connell, Kristen, transmitter
O'Connell, Kristen, transmitter
Winant, E, delineator
Spyrakos, C, delineator
Ross, P, delineator
Bonenberger, D, delineator
Jordan, B, delineator
Birdsong, S, delineator
Kierstead, M, delineator
Coffey, B, delineator
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Harpers Ferry39.32538, -77.73888
Google Map of 39.3253786, -77.7388818
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