Rich in Richmond History.
Rocketts Landing is steeped in history that stretches back to Captain Christopher Newport's exploration of the James River when the Godspeed first landed here in 1607—exactly 400 years before our first residents moved in.
But it wasn't until 1730, when Robert Rocketts began operating a ferry service transporting goods that the site grew into a lively and bustling riverfront town of its own. In fact, it was once considered the busiest inland port in America.
When the Civil War erupted, Rocketts Landing's riverfront location became vital to defending Richmond from naval attack. Both banks transformed into the Confederate Navy Yard, home to the ironclad warships and torpedo vessels known as the James River Squadron. However, on April 2, 1865, the Navy Yard and its ships succumbed to the infamous fire that destroyed the Confederate Capital. Two days later, Abraham Lincoln came ashore at Rocketts Landing to tour the city, still smoldering in the distance.
By the 1920s, most of the port's traffic was carried away by the growing network of railroads and interstates and the once busy town faded away. Rocketts Landing transitioned into an industrial district until it was demolished by bulldozers in the 1970s. Today, Rocketts Landing has started a new era of activity and excitement, as it welcomed new residents and businesses in 2007.