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Furnace Sign LH Side of Furnace Front of Furnace
Furnace Sign LH Side of Furnace Front of Furnace
RH Side of Furnace Up the Stack New Hampshire Furnace
RH Side of Furnace Up the Stack New Hampshire Furnace

Description

New Hampshire Furnace is in good overall condition and appears to be maintained, although it is not clear who is removing the brush on a regular basis. The inner cupola is gone, but the outer stack remains standing and is stable, although a few inner stones have fallen. The furnace has two tuyeres and was loaded over the right hand side. I found evidence of limestone and salamander slag from the furnace. I did not identify any artifacts in the creek across the road to the left of the furnace. The retaining wall and charging ramp are still standing, although two of the foundation stones have fallen. There is a tree growing in the hillside that is undermining the charging ramp wall.

First Visited: 1Q 2003

History

Start of Operation: 1846

Blowout: 1854

Daily Tonnage: 6 tons

Built By: Samuel Seaton and Others

Stack: 35 feet, w/10 foot bosh (Lesley reports a 32 foot stack)

Blast: Hot

Type: Charcoal

Per J.P. Lesley, the charcoal furnace was owned by Seaton, White, Davison & Culbertson, and managed by T. Davison. The fn produced 970 tons of iron in twenty two weeks of 1854. The ore was drawn from lower coal measure carbonate and fossil ores in the surrounding hills.

Directions

Take Route 7 south from the Ohio River. Just north of Route 827, turn right onto Brushy Creek Road. The road will go west and then turn south. After four miles the road will appear to split, bear left. Go another 1/2 mile and the road will split again, bear left. The road will turn to gravel, then dirt. The furnace will be on your right, just around the bend.

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