Iron Furnace

Iron Furnace (HM1ITA)

Location: Ewing, VA 24248 Lee County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 36.087', W 83° 40.09'

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From the early 1820s to the 1880s, and iron smelting business here took advantage of the rushing waters of Gap Creek. Today only the creek and part of the original 30-foot-high stone tower remain, a small part of an industrial complex of buildings, slag heaps, and machinery then called the Newlee Iron Furnace.

All the ingredients needed to make iron were nearby: iron-ore deposits close the the surface, limestone, abundant firewood to be make into charcoal for fuel, and waterpower to run the air bellows and a massive hammer mill. Some iron made here was sold to local blacksmiths. Some of the 150-pound ingots or "pigs" were shipped down the Powell River to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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HM NumberHM1ITA
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 261338 N 4053976
Decimal Degrees36.60145000, -83.66816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.087', W 83° 40.09'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 5.22" N, 83° 40' 5.4" W
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Wilderness Rd Trail, Ewing VA 24248, US
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