1854 Rappahannock River Crib Dam

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Project by Kerux2 posted 09-18-2013 09:06 PM 1818 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back we had a HS History Teacher that was getting ready to be deployed to Afghanistan. So I thought it would be good to give him a more personal ‘Freedom Pen’ (for soldiers).

This letter went along with the pen:

The trees this wood came from are very old and historic. They are from the Fredericksburg area of
Virginia, and between 350 to 400 years old. They were seedling before we were a nation.

They were witnesses to some of the first settlers arriving to colonize Virginia. George Washington
grew up not too far from them. They watched as the colonists fought for their independence, won, and
birthed this great nation.

When full grown they were harvested to be part of the dam that would provide power to the industry of
Fredericksburg. In December, 1854 the Crib Dam was completed. Comprised of pines and oaks, the dam was
anchored in the Rappahannock River to divert water into Fredericksburg and drive its many mills.

The dam fought in two battles in the Civil War, seeing service in The Battles of Fredericksburg and
Chancellorsville, to name a few. It continued working hard driving industry until relieved by the Embry
Dam in 1910. For 94 years it rested under the waters of the Rappahannock. In 2003 was removed to allow
the river to run free once again.

Very happy to say his tour is up and made it back safely home to his loved ones.

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 03:31 AM

I just love it when a small part of our history is captured & shared with a friend, nice job & I am sure it will be treasured, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 04:23 PM

Great looking pen! Like the old wood, has great history and character. Great fit and finish too. Great job!

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 02:55 PM

Nice job on the pen. And a nice letter to go along with it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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