This is old news, but interesting. I hadn't heard of this of this piece of Virginia beer history which is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
The James River Steam Brewery was built along the banks of the James River in Virginia in 1886. The brewery was founded by David G. Yuengling Jr., son of the founder of the D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
See "1886 US Beer Cellar Listed As Historic Site" for more info on the history of the site.