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Jackson Furnace Front Tuyere LH Side Tuyere Rear of Furnace
Jackson Furnace Front Tuyere LH Side Tuyere Rear of Furnace

Description

The furnace is is fair condition, with the right front and left rear corners fallen outwards. There appears to be a single tuyere to the left side of the furnace (facing east). It is hard to get close to the furnace due to heavy underbrush.

First Visited: 3Q 2003

History

Start of Operation: 1833

Blowout: 1856

Daily Tonnage:

Built By: Smullin and Richards

Stack:

Blast: Cold

Type: Charcoal

Shortly after the furnace was built, Smullin bought out Richards and operated the furnace as the sole owner until 1844. He sold the business to the Hatch brothers. It changed owners many times thereafter until it was abandoned in 1856.

Directions

From Van, turn north on T391. Proceed 0.4 miles to where the road turns left and park at this point. Instead of going left, follow the lease road that proceeds straight ahead. You have a long hike - past a hunting cabin on the left, and then beyond an electric right of way. The lane will eventually split - take the left hand fork and look for three apple trees on the right. If you reach a small rise with two large stones on either side of the path, go back about 50 yards. When you are at the apple trees, look for an old wagon trail - it will be almost hidden in the weeds. Head towards the stream and very slightly to you right. The furnace is buried in brush and you will be right on top of it before you realize. An alternative might be to take the RH fork to the stream and then follow the water, but I believe the brush will be very difficult to navigate.

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