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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Lecture Series Highlights History of Falling Creek Ironworks in Anticipation of 400th Anniversary

Parks & Recreation

April 1, 2019

As Chesterfield County prepares to recognize the 400th anniversary of Falling Creek Ironworks with a heritage day celebration in May, it has planned a series of lectures to highlight the history of the first iron furnace and the site on which it was built.

The Falling Creek Ironworks heritage day event will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6407 Jefferson Davis Highway. Additional details will be released closer to the event date.

Pre-event lectures will be held at Chesterfield County Library locations and are free to the public. Registration is required, visit All lectures will take place 6:30-7:15 p.m.

  • 1619 Virginia Firsts – Discover the significant firsts that took place in Virginia in 1619, including the First Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation and the first elected legislature in the New World.  Meadowdale Library, Tuesday, April 2
  • History of Falling Creek Ironworks  Discover the history behind the first iron blast furnace in the New World and the site of the beginning of American heavy industry. Central Library, Tuesday, April 9 and Bon Air Library, Tuesday, April 23
  • Native American Ceremonial History and Archaeology  Members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia will bring tribal artifacts and share their history. Ceremonial dancing demonstrations. Chester Library, Thursday, April 11 and LaPrade Library, Wednesday, April 24
  • Archaeology of the Falling Creek Ironworks  Archaeological investigations have been done on Falling Creek Ironworks back to 1885. Learn about these and other efforts to preserve artifacts for the future. Enon Library, Tuesday, April 16                           

For more information, call 751-4946 or visit

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