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RH Tuyere Rear of Furnace Looking Up the Stack
RH Tuyere Rear of Limestone Furnace Looking Up the Stack
Front of Furnace Limestone Furnace Closeup of Iron Work
Front of Furnace Limestone Furnace Closeup of Iron Work

Description

Limestone Furnace is easily accessible from the road and the outer shell is in good condition. The inner firebrick has been removed, and some of the front structure is missing. The brush is starting to build up on the top of the furnace.

On the left hand side of the furnace area I found old coke fragments.

Last Visited: 1Q-2002

History

Start of Operation: Built - 1855 (Lesley reports 1854)

Blowout: ?

Daily Tonnage: ?

Built By: Limestone Furnace was built by Evans, Walterhouse, & Others

Stack: 39 feet w/11-1/2 foot bosh

Blast: Hot

Type: Charcoal

The Panic of 1857 caused the furnace to enter into receivership with a debt of $80,000. The business did not recover from this bankruptcy and closed in 1860.

Per J.P. Lesley, the fn was owned by the Limestone Furnace Co. and managed by William J. Evans. In half of 1856 the fn produced 1,800 tons of iron drawn from horizontal lower coal measure ore.

Directions

Limestone Furnace is located directly off of the CH&D roadbed, just north of the Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area. Take Rt 32 East from Jackson to 327. Follow Rt 327 South under the Rt 35 overpass until it deadends. Make a right hand turn and then an immediate left onto the CH&D roadbed. Stay on the road until you reach the Cooper Hollow Park Ranger Station, just before crossing a small stream. If you like, Madison Furnace is located on the road to the ranger station. Else, turn around and take the first road to the left coming back towards Rt 327.

GPS - N38 57.289 W82 31.767 @699 feet

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