Situated on the James River, the Tredegar Iron Works, already a thriving factory, produced much of the guns, ammunition and ... More
Tredegar Iron Works
Situated on the James River, the Tredegar Iron Works, already a thriving factory, produced much of the guns, ammunition and warship armor needed by the Confederate army. For the duration of the war, operations continued nonstop to supply the southern troops. When the war was lost in 1865, Tredegar was instrumental in helping to rebuild the South and stayed in business until the 1950s. Tredgar is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park system. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the ruins and learn of the importance of this strategic city in the Civil War.
The Tredegar Iron Works is a nice stop on a Richmond tour because it is located in the heart of the city, and its views along the James River can't be beat. The museum itself is small, but does have a few interesting exhibits, but for the cost- donation based only- they can't be beat. Your child can fill out a questionnaire and become an honorary ranger- for free! As a Ranger your child gets a souvenir patch or badge, and did I mention it's free? The grounds are vast, hilly, and beautiful and there is even a real train caboose on which your children can play. There are many photo opportunities available including pictures among the ruins, and with the Abraham Lincoln statue. We often visit the Tredegar Iron Works and my daughter loves to fly kites on the ample grounds. Do not miss this attraction- should you be disappointed for any reason (I can't imagine why) the fact that it was all free should bring you comfort!
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