- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Beer cellars built in 1866 along the James River in Virginia have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service says the brick and granite remnants of the James River Steam Brewery in Richmond were added to the list Wednesday, making it eligible for federal tax credits and preservation grants.

Founded the year after the fall of Richmond to Union troops, the brewery was established by David G. Yuengling Jr., son of the founder of “America’s Oldest Brewery” in Pottsville, Pa.

It operated for about 13 years before closing as part of the depression tied to the railroad credit crisis.

A fire then leveled the brewery in 1891, leaving a series of vaulted tunnels that illustrate how beer was fermented and warehoused before mechanical refrigeration.

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