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Hamburg in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Joseph Sharp's Iron Works

 
 
Joseph Sharp's Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cheryl (Rome) Thom
1. Joseph Sharp's Iron Works Marker
Inscription.  In 1768, Joseph Sharp erected a forge and furnace on the Wallkill River. The village around the Sharp Iron Works became known as Sharpsborough, later becoming Hamburg. Due to the expensive nature of the venture and competing forges, Sharp abandoned the property in 1774. Stephen Ford used it to secretly produce cannonballs for the British during the American Revolution. After reclaiming the property, Joseph Sharp Jr. built the stone grist mill in 1808. Sharp's mill provided the flour for the American troops of the War of 1812. The mill continued to serve the needs of the agricultural community of Sussex County.
 
Erected 2004 by Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sussex County Historic Marker Committee.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1768.
 
Location. 41° 8.789′ N, 74° 34.638′ 
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W. Marker is in Hamburg, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on Gingerbread Castle Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hamburg NJ 07419, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington Encampment (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dr. Samuel Fowler (approx. 1.9 miles away); Franklin School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Franklin Furnace (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Sterling Mine (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum (approx. 4.6 miles away); Sussex Borough, New Jersey (approx. 4.6 miles away); Sand Hill Road and Route 94 (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Joseph Sharp's Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mary Ellen Coghlan, January 23, 2010
2. Joseph Sharp's Iron Works Marker
Wheatsworth Mills and Gingerbread Castle portion of Mills image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mary Ellen Coghlan, January 23, 2010
3. Wheatsworth Mills and Gingerbread Castle portion of Mills
Former Joseph Sharps Ironworks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mary Ellen Coghlan, January 23, 2010
4. Former Joseph Sharps Ironworks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2010, by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,440 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 14, 2010, by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey.   2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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