Natual Bridge in Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CTGeoscout
N 37° 37.583 W 079° 32.583
17S E 628566 N 4165360
Quick Description: America's First Shot Tower. It served as a shot tower during the Revolutionary War.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 5:05:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM6N7E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 65

Long Description:
In 1774 Thomas Jefferson purchased 157 acres of land including the Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia from King George III of England for 20 shillings.

During the Revolution, Colonists dropped molten lead from the top of the Natural Bridge, using it as a natural "shot tower" to make bullets used to defeat the British. In the 245 foot fall the drops became spherical and when they hit the Cedar Creeks cold water they hardened into bullets.

American Shot Towers

Jefferson and the Natural Bridge

From: 01/01/1774

To: 01/01/1782

Historical Purpose: Arms were manufactued here during the revolutionary war at Jefferson's Bridge.

Open to the public: Yes

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