...Glassblowing Became the Heart and Soul of White Mills
—The White Mills Community Trail —At the heart of a glass factory is its furnace, where sand, potash, and lead oxide are melted at more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to produce glass. Skilled glassblowers and gaffers manipulate the hot glass to create forms both beautiful and practical. On this spot, Dorflinger built his first five-pot furnace. He also constructed seven houses for the first group of workers who came to make glass. As the factory grew, so did the community. Skilled craftsmen were brought to White Mills from France, Germany, Ireland, England, Sweden, Bohemia, and other European countries. They brought with them the skills they had acquired through long apprenticeship — skills developed through thousands of years of practical experience passed down from one generation to the next. In the late nineteenth century, Dorflinger and his fellow glassworkers represented the height of the art of glassmaking. With the dawn of the twentieth century, the emphasis shifted from the art of glassmaking to the science of glassmaking.
|Placed By||Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, DCNR, Lackawanna Wonderful, and National Park Service|
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|Date Added||Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 483135 N 4597283|
|Decimal Degrees||41.52701667, -75.20215000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 31.621', W 75° 12.129'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 31' 37.26" N, 75° 12' 7.74" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8 Elizabeth St, Honesdale PA 18431, US|
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