A Guide to the West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers, 1879-1902 West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers Ms1989-012

West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers, 1879-1902

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1989-012


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Processed by: John M. Jackson Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers, 1879-1902
Physical Characteristics
1.0 Cubic Feet 3 boxes
West Iron Gate Land Company (?-1890)
Accounts and correspondence of West Iron Gate Land Company (successor of Hileman, Waring & Company), a pig iron manufacturer in Clifton Forge (Allegany County), Virginia.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers, Ms1989-012, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers were purchased by Special Collections in 1989.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the West Iron Gate Land Company Ledgers commenced and was completed in January, 2018.

Biographical / Historical

The West Iron Gate Land Company, which operated Callie Iron Furnace in Botetourt County, Virginia, had its origins in Hileman, Cook and Company. The latter company was established during the late 19th century and was dissolved on April 1, 1881, when D. S. Cook and Harris Wilton sold their interest in the company to J. B. Hileman, O. T. Waring, E. J. Waring, and O. Hileman. Under this partnership, the company was reorganized as Hileman, Waring and Company. The new company continued to operate Callie Furnace and was in turn reorganized as the West Iron Gate land Company in 1890.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains ledgers of the West Iron Gate Land Company a Clifton Forge (Alleghany County), Virginia manufacturer of pig iron. Included in the collection are three letter books, all containing letters apparently written by Octavius Hileman on behalf of various incarnations and subsidiaries of the West Iron Gate Land Company. In addition to a letter book from West Iron Gate Land Company, there is a volume from its predecessor, Hileman, Waring and& Company; and from Hileman and Colburn, which seems to have managed the company's land sales. The collection also contains a ledger recording the payment for lots sold at Iron Gate and an account book for Callie Furnace, detailing income and expenditures.

Related Material

Octavius Hileman Papers (Ms2008-085)
Hileman, Cook and Company Acccount Book (Ms1989-0082)

Separated Material

Index Terms


  • Alleghany County (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Ledgers (account books)

Contents List

Box-Folder 1-1
Letter book (Hileman, Waring and Company), 1885-1892
Box-Folder 1-2
Letter book (West Iron Gate Land Company), 1890-1892
Box-Folder 2-1
Letter book (Hileman and Colburn), 1889-1902
Box-Folder 3-1
Iron Gate lot sales accounts, 1890-1893
Box-Folder 3-2
Callie Furnace account book, 1879-1900