Neabsco Creek was reshaped by the colonial era industry dependent on its waters. To the Dogue people it had been a pantry, with all kinds of fresh food right on hand. For colonists it was a source of industrial power and transportation. The Lee family fished at its mouth, the Blackburns operated a grist mill, but it was perhaps the Tayloes who made the biggest impact. They operated the Neabsco Iron Works from the 1730s until the early 1800s with mostly enslaved or convict labor. During the Revolution, John Tayloe II supplied iron for muskets made at Fredericksburg, cannonballs, tools for the Prince William County militia, and naval supplies for Virginia’s small fleet.
The historical marker can be found at the following GPS coordinates 38° 60’ 70’ N * 77° 28’ 38’ W
- Distance to Washington, DC: 28
- Hours of Operation: dawn to dusk
- Parking Information: Until boardwalk parking is available, please use lots at Rippon Lodge Historic Site or Eagles Park, both a hop/skip/jump from the boardwalk. Street parking is not allowed on Blackburn Road.
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