Falling Creek Ironworks Park This park is the site of the first ironworks in the New World. The close proximity of raw iron ore, wood for fuel and power provided by the falling water made the Falling Creek site perfect for this development. Today this archaeological site yields information about iron production. 6407 Jefferson Davis Highway North Chesterfield VA 23234 Mid-Lothian Mines First Commercially Mined Coal in America Coal was discovered near the James River in 1701. “Mid- Lothian” coal was used to support the Revolutionary War and later fueled the Confederacy’s Tredegar Iron Works. You can tour the old mines or hike the many miles of forest trails surrounding the site. 13301 North Woolridge Road Midlothian VA 23114 PETERSBURGAREA.ORG 804.861.1666 15