Page Valley Iron IndustryIn 1836, brothers Daniel and Henry Forrer, in partnership with Samuel Gibbons, purchased land here for an ironworks and built a cold-blast furnace, called Furnace #1. Some 6,249 acres provided trees for charcoal, quarries and mines for limestone and ore, and crops to feed the workers. The Forrers later built Catherine Furnace near Newport and Pitt Springs and Furnace #2 on Naked Creek. Each furnace consumed an acre of wood per day for charcoal production to stay in blast. In September 1862, a black-powder mill, under the direction of local resident John Welfley, began operation just across the river.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Summers-Koontz #490, in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Virginia Civil War Trails, and the Town of Shenandoah|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:39pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 707375 N 4262248|
|Decimal Degrees||38.48446667, -78.62245000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 29.068', W 78° 37.347'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 29' 4.08" N, 78° 37' 20.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 201-299 Maryland Ave, Shenandoah VA 22849, US|
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