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Rappahannock Forge Hunter’s Iron Works


This ornament commemorates James Hunter’s Iron Works, located west of Falmouth. Hunter’s Iron Works was Stafford’s major industrial enterprise and one of Virginia’s and America’s early major industrial plants. Hunter’s large complex ran from today’s Old Forge neighborhood, south to the Rappahannock River, and east underneath I-95, to the Carter’s Crossing Shopping Center. Hunter’s forge and blast furnace was the largest in Colonial America. During the Revolutionary War, the Iron Works produced weapons and implements for the Continental Army and Navy. Historians say that had it not been for the many items produced in Hunter’s Iron Works, America would not have won the Revolutionary War.

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