Dates: 1982-1990 (bulk 1989-1990)

Collection Number: MS 641

Physical Location: Archive Room Shelves

Extent: 1 box (10 folders).

Creators/Collectors: Reynolds, William W.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

User Restrictions: Gloves must be worn when handling photographs.

Preferred Citation: Albemarle Iron Works Field Notes, MS 641, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift of William W. Reynolds.

Biographical/Historical Information: The Albemarle Iron Works was located on the south fork of the Hardware River in South Garden, Virginia. It was formed by John Old and John Wilkinson in December 1770 to build a cold blast furnace for producing cast iron. The furnace began operation in September 1771 but was closed permanently in June 1772. No useable iron was ever produced.

Scope and Content: This is a collection of William W. Reynold's field notes and research on the Albemarle Iron Works.


The collection is arranged in ten folders:
1. Hardware River Stream Flow Calculations
2. Notes on Cabell Family Papers, Swem Library, College of William and Mary
3. Notes on Virginia Historical Society manuscripts
4. Notes and copies of documents
5. Notes on Capron Collection, Lynchburg College Library
6. Notes on University of Virginia manuscripts
7. T.T. Brady correspondence
8. Land records and topographical maps
9. Record of 17 November 1990 visit
10. John Old land records


  • Old, John.
  • Wilkinson, John.

Corporate Names: Albemarle Iron Works


  • Iron foundries
  • Mineral industries

Record Types:

  • Field notes.
  • Reports.
  • Photographs.