Falling Creek Ironworks Park

Commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Falling Creek Ironworks

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Falling Creek Ironworks Park
6407 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chesterfield

Falling Creek Ironworks 400th Anniversary Event Flyer (PDF)

The special event on Saturday, May 4 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first iron furnace. Falling Creek Ironworks Park was the site of the first iron furnace built in the English New World. It was constructed in 1619 by English workers whose expedition was organized by the Virginia Company of London who wished to expand trade and further mine the iron ore from the colony. The first expedition led by Captain Bluett was unsuccessful, so a second expedition led by John Berkeley was organized in 1621. By early 1622 the works were completed and the furnace was ready to put into blast. On March 22, 1622, coordinated Indian raids throughout the region destroyed many settlements including the furnace.

As part of this day, we will have:

  • living history performances
  • militia demonstrations
  • archaeological guided tours
  • musical performances
  • period demonstrations
  • children’s period games and activities
  • food vendors

Free admission. For more information, call 804-751-4946.

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Parking for the event will be at Bensley Community Center (PDF), 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road with shuttles transporting visitors to and from Falling Creek Ironworks Park. 

Pre-Event Lectures

Discover the history behind Falling Creek Ironworks at these events at Chesterfield Library branches. Registration is required.