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Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

O'Brien Furnace

 
 
O'Brien Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2019
1. O'Brien Furnace Marker
Inscription.  1/2 mile E. of Valley Forge on Doe River are the ruins of an iron furnace built in 1820 by William B. Carter of Elizabethton. It was purchased in 1824 by James, John, and Joseph O'Brien and William Gott. They owned 9000 acres of land and operated the furnace, the Valley Forge, 2 bloomeries and a water-driven hammer. With slave labor they produced pig and bar iron until they sold their holdings to Nathaniel G. Taylor in 1861.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A-73.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 36° 18.387′ N, 82° 11.585′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 19E and Mill Pond Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 19E. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 Valley Forge Christian Church Road, Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Red Fox (within shouting distance of this marker); ET&WNC Railroad Covered Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Elizabethton Blue Grays
O'Brien Furnace Marker<br>(<i>wide view • US Highway 19E on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2019
2. O'Brien Furnace Marker
(wide view • US Highway 19E on left)
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); First Court West of the Alleghenies (approx. 3 miles away); Carter County's Train History (approx. 3.1 miles away); Samuel Powhatan Carter (approx. 3.1 miles away); Carter County Veterans Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethton.
 
 
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