“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Robeson Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., October 17, 2020
1. Blacksmith Shop Marker
Inscription.  The Blacksmith Shop is a small frame building with a slate roof as was the case with most of the buildings that stood close to the Furnace Stack. This slate roof protected the building from the spewing of hot sparks from the Furnace Stack.

Here the village smith hammered glowing red-hot wrought iron into the useful commodities of the time. He made shoes for the many Furnace horses and mules. The smith also made metal straps, latches, and handles. for pots and stoves. He made tools and took care of all the repair work in the always busy iron village.

The blacksmith developed strong arms to withstand the constant hour after hour pounding of metal against metal. His ears after years of experience became trained to pick out the proper "ring of the hot shoe on the anvil" as he shaped the workable metal.

The Blacksmith Shop was the first complete archaeology and restoration project for the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association. From 1983 to 1984, volunteers framed the shop and placed the slate roof. The main beams were cut at the Joanna Furnace Sawmill. Heavy beams were "mortised and tenoned” and pinned with
Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., October 17, 2020
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trenails. Boards and battens were all band mill cut. In total an estimated 1,130 volunteer hours were recorded in the reconstruction of the Blacksmith Shop.

[photo caption] A 1916 photo of the Blacksmith Shop.
Photo courtesy of Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley - Stauffer Collection

[photo caption] Archaeology of the Joanna Furnace Blacksmith Shop was conducted from 1980 to 1982 by the Great Valley Regional Archaeology Center. Volunteers discovered the original foundation and hearth of the building which assisted in the restoration process.
Photo: Ron Schlegel Collection

[photo caption] Using the traditional mortise and tenon construction techniques, the Blacksmith Shop was reconstructed with as much accuracy as possible. Original photographs allowed for measured drawings to be created. All research and construction processes allowed for this first 'ground-up' restoration project at Joanna Furnace.
Photo: Ron Schlegel Collection
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 40° 11.478′ N, 75° 53.209′ W. Marker is in Robeson Township, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker can be reached from Furnace Road, half a mile Morgantown Road (Pennsylvania Route 10), on the right
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when traveling east. West of Joanna Furnace Industrial Complex plaque. View is to north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1250 Furnace Rd, Morgantown PA 19543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Office / Store (here, next to this marker); Charcoal Barn (here, next to this marker); Joanna Furnace Mansion Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Ore Roaster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joanna Furnace Industrial Complex (about 300 feet away); In Honor of the Men from Caenarvon Township (approx. 2.1 miles away); Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Caernarvon Presbyterian Church (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Robeson Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 19, 2022