The Etna (Aetna) Furnace

The Etna (Aetna) Furnace (HM1QLH)

Location: Woodbine, NJ 08270 Atlantic County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 18.593', W 74° 48.944'

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1816 - 1832

John Coates and the Howell family of Philadelphia built the Etna Furnace. The first manager was John Ladd Howell II.
At its most active times, about 200 men were employed here. There was a sawmill, gristmill and about 50 homes.
Power for the furnace bellows was generated by building a dam below Head of the River and constructing a raceway to the furnace waterwheel, which still may be seen.
Bar iron for spikes (6 inches to two feet) and bolts for ships were made here. The furnace, once in "blast", operated continuously for about 9 months of the year and only shut down for repairs and cleaning when the river froze.
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Date Added Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 515886 N 4351181
Decimal Degrees39.30988333, -74.81573333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.593', W 74° 48.944'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 35.58" N, 74° 48' 56.64" W
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Area Code(s)609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near County Hwy 649, Woodbine NJ 08270, US
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