New River Trail, VA


"For over 30 years the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower manufactured ammunition for a growing nation. It remains as a token of an era long gone, standing as a symbol of America's industrial sovereignty.

English Immigrant Thomas Jackson, came to the US through Baltimore to answer a call from Moses Austin, who was hiring experts in the vocation of mining and lead works. Jackson was an industrialist and experienced miner who brought with him the trade secret of "drop shot" a process that was refined by craftsman William Watts of Bristol, England. 

The Shot Tower took over five years to build and was completed in 1807. According to research and tax records it was the first factory to mass-produce shot on American soil. The ammunition produced here was for shotguns, particularly "fowling shot", for the local communities.
Manufacturing at the tower ceased in 1839 thus ending it's grandeur as a producer of fine shot."

Ivanhoe River Bridge

New River Trail - Foster Falls

"New River Trail is 57 miles long, abandoned railroad right-of-way... parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties and the city of Galax..."

What a fun bike ride, Working on these photos from 2023, they are not in order ... no clue how you can follow along, but I feel it doesn't really need to be in order, just please enjoy these great views. Such a great day ... a trip where we stay in an Air BNB and enjoy this part of Virginia ... gorgeous area. so awesome!!! Virginia has such a great must see places. Keep your eyes peeled for sure. LOL!! Be well. Beth ( ; 


Jenn Jilks said…
We have similar towers. Those were the days!
Debbie said…
hi beth...i am just jumping in to say hi!! your images are really lovely, i don't think the order mattered and it does look like a fun bike ride!! i always enjoyed riding bikes with my husband but lately i have not been able to ride. enjoy it while you can my friend!!
Linda said…
Interesting tower. That looks like a beautiful trail.

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