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Historic Firsts in Chesterfield

Historic Firsts in Chesterfield

1607 Sir Christopher Newport explored the James and Appomattox Rivers along the Chesterfield borders five days before the Jamestown was settled
1612 Tobacco was first cultivated scientifically in America at Bermuda Hundred by John Rolfe.
1614 Bermuda Hundred was incorporated as the first town in America.
1619 Falling Creek was the site of the first iron furnace in the New World.
1621 Falling Creek was the site of the first lead mines in America.
1622 Mount Malady near Dutch Gap was the site of the first American hospital.
1709 Midlothian produced the first commercially mined coal in America.
1795 Bosher's Dam near Bon Air was the first large multipurpose dam in Virginia.
1807 Midlothian Turnpike was the first paved road in Virginia.
1811 The first commercial tramway in America, the predecessor of the railroads, was operated from the Brown, Page and Burr gunpowder plant on Falling Creek to its storage magazine a mile away.
1812 The first school for deaf mutes in the United States was located at Cobbs on the lower Appomattox.
1831 The Midlothian to Manchester Railroad was the first in Virginia.
1862 Cpl. John B. Mackie was the U.S. Marine Corps' first recipient of the Medal of Honor, which he was awarded for his brave and courageous conduct while on board the USS Galena during the May 15, 1862 battle of Drewry's Bluff.
1921 Father's day was originated by three ladies from Drewry's Bluff.
1934 The first wayside park in Virginia featured the Old Stone Bridge over Falling Creek, completed in 1826.