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Eagle Rock, Virginia

Eagle Rock, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Eagle Rock, Virginia
Location of Eagle Rock in Virginia

Coordinates: 37°38′26″N 79°48′04″W / 37.64056°N 79.80111°W / 37.64056; -79.80111Coordinates: 37°38′26″N 79°48′04″W / 37.64056°N 79.80111°W / 37.64056; -79.80111

Country United States
State Virginia
County Botetourt
Elevation[1] 971 ft (296 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24085
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-51023
GNIS feature ID 1494212[1]
Other names Breckenridge, Eagle Mountain, Eaglerock,
Rat Hole
Sheets[1]
[2]

Eagle Rock is an unincorporated community in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States, located along the James River between Iron Gate, Virginia and Buchanan, Virginia.

History

Eagle Rock had the last lock of the James River and Kanawha Canal.

Lime production

It was the location of the kilns for making lime. Limestone was transported across the river via a tram system and then burned in the kilns to make lime. Old quarries and locally known Quarry Hill are located on either side of US 220. The Bessemer Archaeological Site (44 BO 26), Phoenix Bridge and Roaring Run Furnace are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Rail history

At the end of the canal system, transportation was done by rail. Eagle Rock was the point of convergence of the Richmond and Alleghany Railroad (soon to be known as the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and later CSX Transportation) and the Craig Valley Line, which ran to Surber Station and on to New Castle, Virginia.

Notable residents

References

External links

  • Down Home in Eagle Rock by Anita J. Firebaugh, Cooperative Living magazine, February 2000
  • Eagle Rock Myspace
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