Westham

Name:

Westham

County:

Henrico

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

37° 35′ 21 N, 77° 32′ 24 W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Comments:

Westham was an unincorporated town in Henrico County, Virginia. It is located in the present day area of Tuckahoe, Virginia. Westham was built at a transportation point on the James River. The James River flows free for several hundred miles from the west and Westham is located at the point where the Fall Line rocks prevented further river passage.

Remains:

Richmond, Virginia was built on the other side of the fall line where the river is navigable to the ocean. This made Westham the first destination for iron used in Revolutionary War. In later years, Canals and then Rail transport connected Westham to Richmond along the James River trade route. Westham was eventually absorbed into Richmond.

Established:

1750

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

A neighborhood built on the site of the old town in the 1930s is still called Westham. The only town building older than the 1930s is just outside the original town borders and built around 1827.

Remarks:

 

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