Tredegar Time Line

1800
Mills develop at site.

1837
Tredegar incorporated. Iron Works begin production of railroad items.

1841
Joseph Reid Anderson appointed agent for the Iron Works.

1845
Works supply cannon for U.S. forts; produce 900 guns through 1860.

1847
White workers replaced by enslaved and free blacks following strike.

1848
Anderson purchases the Tredegar Iron Works.

1857
Tredegar becomes the largest iron producer in the South. Flour mill build on site of current NPS visitor center.

1861-1865
Tredegar produces naval armor plating and 1099 cannon.

1865
Armed workers stop mobs intent on burning Tredegar.

1867
Firm becomes the Tredegar Company. Black and white workers receive equal pay.

1873
National depression causes major cutbacks in production at Tredegar.

1903-1945
New generation of artillery earns Tredegar lucrative shell contracts in both world wars.

1957
Tredegar operations on the James River close. Albemarle/Ethyl Corp. purchase property.

1972-2000
Gun foundry restored 1972, site leased to Riverfront Development Corporation 1997, Civil War Visitor Center opens 2000.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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