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What's The Big Deal About Lincoln County Furnaces?
Photo Courtesy Eastern Lincoln Historical Society
Photo Courtesy Eastern Lincoln Historical Society


Eastern Lincoln Historical Society
Press Release


DENVER, N.C. - Lincoln County served as a hub for iron production in the 1800s primarily due to its abundance of iron ore, limestone, hardwood forests needed for charcoal production and fast flowing streams and rivers with rapids and waterfalls.

Peter Forney, a Revolutionary War officer and Congressman native to Lincoln County, obtained a grant from the state in 1789 that set into motion nearly 100 years of substantial iron manufacturing locally. 

By 1815, North Carolina had 23 iron works, mostly in the Piedmont area. By 1823, Lincoln County had ten operating forges and four furnaces, producing 900 tons of bar iron and 200 tons of cast hollow ware items. 

Dr. Alan May, Research Coordinator and Curator of Archaeology at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, will discuss Lincoln County’s furnaces for the Eastern Lincoln Historical Society meeting on Monday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Munday House Annex, 4353 Business Highway 16 North in Denver. All Are Welcome, Please Join Us!


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