Winter Lecture Series 2019: Robert Hazelton – Pennsylvania Furnace

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Gallery
100 4th Street
PA 16652
Kelley Kroecker

How did Pennsylvania Furnace get it’s name? In 2014, Bob Hazelton started a hands-on effort to rediscover the history of the ironworks that put Pennsylvania Furnace on the map. At that time only a few people knew of its location as it was obscured by dense brush and dirt. In fact, remains of the 1813 stack had an 85 foot tree growing near its top. A second stack, some 40 feet in height was later added and converted to  the high tech innovation of steam power and including an ore washer at the mining site about a mile away. Andrew Carnegie got involved and ran his railroad of 1880 next to the site on its path to his operation at Scotia. The most prevalent monument to the Pennsylvania Furnace operation that still remains is John Lyon, Ironmaster’s mansion within site of the iron furnace site. The site startles the Centre/Huntingdon County line with the mansion in Huntingdon County.