Back in October 2016 we had the pleasure of visiting and touring the old historic Cornwall Iron Furnace property and museum. You can read our original and thorough review of this historic place by visiting our previous blog post, located HERE.
A few days ago I was trimming down a slew of photographs that we’ve saved over the past three years while traveling around the great state of Pennsylvania and came across some additional photographs that we took during our visit to Cornwall Iron Furnace that are worthy of sharing with you.
Just briefly, Cornwall Iron Furnace is located in Cornwall Pennsylvania and was one of the biggest iron producing factories east of the Mississippi River. It operated as a profitable business from 1742 to 1883 producing iron for such things as artillery, wagon wheels, horse shoes, skillets, cooking vessels, etc. It’s the only surviving intact charcoal cold blast furnace in the western hemisphere.
It’s a typical old-time iron furnace, one of many that used to dot the Pennsylvania countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries. Once the plant was in full operation, many homes, artisans’ shops, stores, schools, churches, and the home of the wealthy iron master were built around it. Cornwall Iron Furnace was once a thriving and self-sufficient village all on it’s own.
Iron ore, limestone, and wood for charcoal were found in this self-contained iron plantation, totally about 10,000 acres in size. When the plant was in full operation, it would employ 50-75 employees at a time who were all skilled tradesmen and lived on the property, along with their families. The employees & their families didn’t need to leave the village for anything because all medical care, religious needs, groceries, etc. were all provided on-site to them.
If you love old-world Gothic Architecture, you’ll love touring this old historical