Eagle Rock, Virginia

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Eagle Rock, Virginia
Eagle Rock, Virginia is located in Virginia
Eagle Rock, Virginia
Location of Eagle Rock in Virginia
Eagle Rock, Virginia is located in the United States
Eagle Rock, Virginia
Eagle Rock, Virginia (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°38′26″N 79°48′04″W / 37.64056°N 79.80111°W / 37.64056; -79.80111Coordinates: 37°38′26″N 79°48′04″W / 37.64056°N 79.80111°W / 37.64056; -79.80111
Country United States
State Virginia
County Botetourt
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-51023
GNIS feature ID 1494212[1]
Other names Breckenridge, Eagle Mountain, Eaglerock,
Rat Hole

Eagle Rock is an unincorporated community in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States, located along the James River between Iron Gate and Buchanan.


Eagle Rock had the last lock of the James River and Kanawha Canal.[3]

Lime production

It was the location of the kilns for making lime. Limestone was transported across the river via a tram system and then burned in the kilns to make lime. Old quarries and locally known Quarry Hill are located on either side of US 220. The Bessemer Archaeological Site, Phoenix Bridge and Roaring Run Furnace are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Rail history

At the end of the canal system, transportation was done by rail. Eagle Rock was the point of convergence of the Richmond and Alleghany Railroad (soon to be known as the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and later CSX Transportation) and the Craig Valley Line, which ran to Surber Station and on to New Castle, Virginia.


The town is served by Botetourt County Public Schools. The town had its own high school until the late 1950s, when the Northern Botetourt high schools were all consolidated into the newly formed James River High School in neighboring Springwood. All public school students in Eagle Rock attend Eagle Rock Elementary, Central Academy Middle, and James River High.

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eagle Rock, Virginia. Retrieved on 2008-06-19.
  2. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  3. ^ Sutcliffe, Andrea (2010). Touring the Shenandoah Valley backroads (2nd ed.). Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair Publishers. p. 257. ISBN 9780895873934. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ United States Congress. "William Hanes Ayres (id: A000229)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.. Retrieved on 2008-06-20.

External links

  • Down Home in Eagle Rock by Anita J. Firebaugh, Cooperative Living magazine, February 2000
  • Eagle Rock Myspace
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