"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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The Story of Virginia
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The Growth of Industry Gallery

Eagle Machine Works Enter Fullscreen More information
Eagle Machine Works
Eagle Machine Works, Richmond, Virginia (detail), Broadsides o.s. 18__: 81 Established in 1851, the award winning Eagle Machine Works was manufactured steam powered sawmills, flour mills, and steam boilers to southern states and to Brazil.
Brass seal used to emboss business transactions of the Roanoke Navigation Company Enter Fullscreen More information
Brass seal used to emboss business transactions of the Roanoke Navigation Company
Brass seal used to emboss business transactions of the Roanoke Navigation Company, 1830, 0000.80 In 1776 Virginia’s trade was four times New York’s, and canals were planned to link the James and Potomac rivers to markets beyond the mountains. By 1850, New York’s commerce was 300 times greater. Partially funded canals lay incomplete in Virginia.
Roster of workers for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company Enter Fullscreen More information
Roster of workers for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company
Roster of workers for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company, 1839, Mss3 R4152 a Not only did African American workers perform the most grueling labor for the railroads, but they also were paid the lowest wages.
Box for chewing tobacco produced by Buckner & Jones Enter Fullscreen More information
Box for chewing tobacco produced by Buckner & Jones
Box for chewing tobacco produced by Buckner & Jones, Lynchburg, 1852, 2001.6
Portrait of Joseph Gallego (1758-1818) Enter Fullscreen More information
Portrait of Joseph Gallego (1758-1818)
Portrait of Joseph Gallego (1758-1818), early 19th-century, 1977.2 Joseph Gallego, an immigrant from Spain, established the first Gallego mills in 1798
Eagle Machine Works
Eagle Machine Works
Brass seal used to emboss business transactions of the Roanoke Navigation Company
Brass seal used to emboss business transac
Roster of workers for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company
Roster of workers for the Richmond, Freder
Box for chewing tobacco produced by Buckner & Jones
Box for chewing tobacco produced by Buckne
Portrait of Joseph Gallego (1758-1818)
Portrait of Joseph Gallego (1758-1818)