Cloverdale Furnace

Cloverdale Furnace (HM2LGK)

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N 37° 22.3', W 79° 54.355'

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Robert Harvey established an agricultural and industrial complex here about 1790 that processed iron ore. The operation, known as Cloverdale Furnace, expanded in the 19th century under the ownership of John Tayloe III. About 150 enslaved African Americans worked here, many in highly skilled positions. A second Cloverdale Furnace, built eight miles northeast of here in the 1840s, was also largely operated by enslaved workers. The furnace supplied high-quality gun metal to the Tredegar ironworks in Richmond during the 1840s and 1850s, but production lagged during the Civil War. Union Brig. Gen. William W. Averell's cavalry burned Cloverdale in June 1864.
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByVirginia Department of Historic Resources
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Date Added Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 596872 N 4136665
Decimal Degrees37.37166667, -79.90591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.3', W 79° 54.355'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 18" N, 79° 54' 21.3" W
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