Historic Lexington Foundation is working with the City of Lexington and Washington and Lee University to conduct research on and propose the establishment of an historic district at Jordan’s Point, the island at the junction of Route 11 and the Maury River, just north of Lexington. Now the site of soccer fields and a municipal park, Jordan’s Point was in years past an industrial and transportation hub of Lexington. In the late 1700s a ford crossed the river at this location; by the early 1800s industries including grist and saw mills, forges and foundries had sprung up. Maps, drawings, and photographs show these buildings along with dwelling houses and such transportation facilities as docks, a canal, railroad line, and docks. HLF purchased a surviving 19th-century dwelling, the “Miller’s House” and conveyed it to the City of Lexington; funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation facilitated the building’s renovation as a transportation museum, now open to the public. Washington and Lee University Archaeology has conducted testing at the Point to document the daily lives of residents and workers during the 1800s and earlier. Finds will be used in museum exhibits as well as in documentation supporting the historic district nomination.
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