Note: Regarding the comment by Wendell Ware, I found this information about Ware’s Wharf. Follow the link
Ware’s Wharf was a 17th century landmark with a mill, formerly on the river branch.
“Ware’s Wharf is located in Essex County, VA., on the right bank of the Rappahannock River, about 67 miles below Fredericksburg. The wharf is a P-shaped pile structure, 682 feet long over all. The piles are not braced. There are two warehouses, one 16 by 32 feet and one 28 by 39 feet, and a stock pen. An industrial steel track of 42-in gauge runs out on the pier. A small jib crane for hoisting oysters and fish is located on the back side of the wharf end.
The wharf receives 30 dockages per week, including steamers, fish and oyster boats. An average of 20 passengers per week arrive and depart. The outgoing freight amounts to about 16 tons per week, and consists of oysters, fish, potatoes, peas, fruits, fowls, eggs, calves and canned goods. The freight received is mostly fertilizer and store goods and will verage 30 tons per week. The wharf is closed to water carriers except Maryland, Delaware & Virginia Railway Co. That company pays a wharfage rate of 10 per cent of the transportation charges, both for freight and passengers.
The nearest railroad is at Lestor Manor, 25 miles distant.
An unimproved wagon road leads to Dunnsville, Va.
Mrs. A.E.B. Ware owns this wharf, also about 205 feet of water front. The gross revenue is $800 per year. There are no persons or firms in this vicinity engaged exclusively in the transfer-delivery business. About 15 county stores are served from the wharf, the service of the most distant regular patron requiring a trip of about 12 miles.”
Source: 63rd Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Water Terminal and Transfer Facilities, Doc. #226, Sept., 6, 1913, Washington 1913, page 546
“The first important group of wells down river is at Ware’s Wharf, where there are 5 which, though shallower than those at Tappahannock, going to an average depth of 185 feet below sea level, yield water of the same general character. The flows at individual wells vary with the tide, but range from 1/2 to 2 gallons per minute, with heads as high as 16 feet above sea level. ” (well owned by R.L. Ware, Dunnsville, Essex Co., VA)
Source: A Treatise on the Steam Engine, Virginia Geological Survey, Thomas Leonard Watson Ph.D., Director, Bulletin No. 5, The Underground Water Resources of VA, by Samuel Sanford, prepared in co-operation with the USGS, Charlottesville, University of Virginia, 1913, page 167