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Web Extra: The History of the Heron Rookery Site

The site of the James River Park Pipeline Walkway still contains features that reflect the uses of the location back in the 19th century. For instance, there’s a hand-made stone wall that sits directly behind the pipeline. Ralph White, a retired park naturalist and manager of the James River Park system, says this wall was built by slaves and was a part of the infrastructure of the port of Richmond.

In this segment, he goes back even farther and discusses the uses of the area around the falls by the Native Americans. White also discusses the historic uses of Vauxhall Island and the adjacent Pleasure Garden Island.

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