This park is the site of the first ironworks in the New World. The close proximity of raw iron ore, wood for fuel and power provided by the falling water made the Falling Creek site perfect for this development.
The Virginia Company built the ironworks between 1619 and 1622 and iron production began in late 1621, but was halted on March 22, 1622 during the Indian uprising by the Powhatan Chiefdom. Today this archaeological site yields information about iron production.
Every March the Falling Creek Archaeology Day event is offered. There are archaeological tours, Native American singing and dancing, musket demonstrations, period demonstrations, musical performances and children’s activities.