In Podcast #2 the Virginia Trekkers take you to one of the most famous iron foundries in the South.  Learn how water power from the James River was used to operate the machinery here; see the only statue of Abraham Lincoln that exists in the southern states; find out how Tredegar got its name; discover how it played an important part in the Battle of the Ironclads; and take a look at an old locomotive.  Come on!  Let’s go trekkin’!

The words inscribed in stone behind the Lincoln statue at Tredegar, “To Bind Up The Nation’s Wounds” come from his second inaugural speech given on March 4, 1865:  “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds....”

Photograph of Lincoln giving his 2nd inaugural address. (Wikipedia)

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SOL Correlation:

VS.7b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

b) describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.

VS.8c The student will demonstrate knowledge of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by

  1. c)describing the importance of railroads, new industries, and the growth of cities to Virginia’s economic development


3.11b The student will investigate and understand different sources of energy. Key concepts include

b) sources of energy (sunlight, water, wind);