Danbury in Stokes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Moratock Iron Furnace
— Confederate Lifeline —
In the 18th and 19th centuries, North Carolinians established small ironworks in this area to exploit the plentiful ore belts. Some early works were bloomery forges, in which burning charcoal melted the iron, and workers used an iron bar to gather the pasty mess, which was then hammered into bar iron.
Nathaniel Moody and John Pepper built “Moody’s Tunnel Iron Works” here in 1843. Reuben Golding, who formed the Stokes Iron Mining Company, purchased the works in 1854. He and his partners incorporated the Moratock Mining and Manufacturing Company in 1862.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the North Carolina Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 36° 24.489′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danbury NC 27016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moratock Furnace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gabriel Moore (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoneman’s Raid (approx. half a mile away); Stack-Bickett Law Office (approx. half a mile away); Stokes County World War I Monument (approx. half a mile away); Stokes County Troops C.S.A (approx. half a mile away); Moody Tavern (approx. half a mile away); Lewis David von Schweinitz (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker features a picture of the Moratock Iron Furnace, by Frank Duncan. The sidebar contains a cross section of a furnace with the caption “Sections through a typical antebellum furnace show (left) a bridge at the top of the stack, the arch at lower right through which the molten iron flowed, and (right) twin arches for the blast from the bellows. From Frederick Overman, The Manufacture of Iron (1850).”
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler – Stoneman’s Raid. North Carolina Civil War Trails. (Submitted on August 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,314 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.