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Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond

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The Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia, was the biggest ironworks in the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and a significant factor in the decision to make Richmond its capital.
Tredegar supplied about half the artillery used by the Confederate States Army, as well as the iron plating for CSS Virginia, the first Confederate ironclad warship, which fought in the historic Battle of Hampton Roads in March 1862. The works avoided destruction by troops during the evacuation of the city, and continued production through the mid-20th century. Now classified as a National Historic Landmark District, the site serves as the main visitor center for the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
The name Tredegar derives from the Welsh industrial town that supplied much of the company’s early workforce.
Founding (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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  • This is a national park, but really is mainly a museum. It is free. The parking is free if you have a National Park Pass, or if you go to the other museum The American Civil War Museum. That museum ch...  more »
  • This was a National Park museum so it was FREE! The docet was great and gave us so much history of Tredegar Iron Works and the Civil War itself!  more »
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  • Our kids loved it, such a fun and informative place. We enjoys the junior ranger program, the kids were proud to receive their patches...they even gave our littles badges! Thank you for keeping history alive and telling the good and bad!
  • We enjoys the junior ranger program, the kids were proud to receive their patches...they even gave our littles badges! Thank you for keeping history alive and telling the good and bad!Surprisingly good museum, albeit a bit small. Suggested minimum donation of $3 is more than reasonable, although parking in the lot comes at a premium price.
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