Historic Firsts in Chesterfield

Historic Firsts in Chesterfield

Year
Event
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.