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Dedication of the “James River Steam Brewery” Historical Marker in Richmond

November 17, 2019

The marker “James River Steam Brewery” will be dedicated in Richmond. Time and other details to follow.

Here is the text of the marker:

James River Steam Brewery

Nearby stood the James River Steam Brewery, built in 1866 during a national boom in beer production. The five-story facility contributed to Richmond’s post-Civil War industrial recovery, and its beer garden served as a community center. David G. Yuengling Jr., part-owner, was the oldest son of the founder of D. G. Yuengling and Son in Pennsylvania, now considered the nation’s oldest continuously operating brewery. The James River brewery featured steam-powered equipment and an extensive underground warehouse or “lager” for storage and fermentation. The business closed by 1879 in the aftermath of a national economic crisis. A fire in 1891 destroyed the main building, but the cellars survive.



November 17, 2019


James River Brewery Site
Route 5 at Old Hudson St.
Richmond, VA United States
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