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Tredegar Iron Works

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Address: 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330
Phone Number: +1 804-226-1981
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Lots of history and it's FREE

Located right on the river front. Parking was $3 and they accept donations. So much history in this area and it's located next to the civil war museum. Doesn't take very long... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located right on the river front. Parking was $3 and they accept donations. So much history in this area and it's located next to the civil war museum. Doesn't take very long to walk through the exhibit which is three floors.

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tredegar Iron Works museum is actually operated by the National Park Service. Admission is free, but you do have to pay a small fee to park. There are a couple of videos to watch, static displays of the War, the relevance of the factory to the War, and life in Richmond during the Civil War. There's also a kids... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first "tourist" stop when we were visiting Richmond and we were glad that we did! The building is the home of the Richmond Civil War Battlefield Visitor Center. The 1st floor has information on the Iron Works as well as a gift shop. On the 2nd floor they have exhibit about the battles in and around Richmond.... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the museum interesting; it covered the some aspects of the Civil War that I had not seen at other museums. It has three floors, but the exhibits are sparse so can easily see everything in an hour. Right next door to the American Civil War Museum so you should take time to see both.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must-see to understand Richmond's significance in the CSA. Much of the campus remains intact. Free admission. Rated 3 because they haven't kept the educational exhibits up to modern standards, in my opinion. But they are still worth viewing.

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Cholsey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum explains very well the importance of Richmond and its role in the Civil War and beyond. The visual and audio displays depicting life in Richmond during the war are very moving. The final destruction of the city, not by the Federals but by the Conferates themselves is instructive as when not to light fire.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Works played such an important roll for the Confederacy during the war. There are many interesting artifacts, but the most thought provoking displays were the audio re-enactments from actual historic characters. These displays helped drive home the broad impact of this brutal war, and its effects on soldiers and civilians alike. Very sobering.

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Thank Jay F
Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The old site has been converted and preserved by the NPS, and they have an excellent video which runs every hour. The rangers are very well versed in Civil War history, and Richmond's role in the war.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recommend this site for those really, really into American/Civil War/Confederate History. It is associated with the National Park Service and there are some interesting facts and displays there. I did not, however, find it as interesting as some of the battlefields located throughout Virginia. Tredegar Iron Works produced cannon and plating for the Confederacy during the Civil War, though... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Where's the substance for such a large building and what's up with a pay to see museum next door? The voices display on the third floor is nice but seems to be a space taker. The works seem to be rusting away and the water wheel works.

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