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Near High Bridge in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Furnace

Est. 1742

 
 
Union Furnace Est 1742 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Honachefsky Jr, November 13, 2004
1. Union Furnace Est 1742
Inscription.  Furnace produced iron ore for the Continental Army, cannon balls, farm implements. Forgemaster's house is stucco building on slope. The William B. Honachefsky Memorial Tract encompasses 64 Acres, abutting Union Furnace
 
Erected 2002 by Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1742.
 
Location. 40° 40.246′ N, 74° 55.367′ W. Marker is near High Bridge, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker is on Van Syckles Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: High Bridge NJ 08829, 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. Forge Masters Dwelling (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); High Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); C.K. Hoffman Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); High Bridge and the Railroad
Union Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alan Edelson, February 2, 2009
2. Union Furnace Marker
The stucco building mentioned on the marker can be seen in the distance.
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(approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Joseph Parish (approx. 1.4 miles away); The American Hotel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Iron Mines (approx. 1½ miles away); T.I.S.C.O. Complex (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in High Bridge.
 
Additional commentary.
1. William B Honachefsky Memorial Trail/Tract
The William B Honachefsky Memorial Trail/Tract is 1 1/2 miles and connected to Union Furnace County Park Preserve , which is connected to the Spruce Run Recreation Area all clear, interconnected trail. Parking is available at the Union Furnace Trail Head or limited parking is available at the William B. Honachefsky Memorial Trail Head. Abundant wildlife. Total pproximately 4 miles.
    — Submitted June 26, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey.
 
Forge Masters Dwelling image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Alan Edelson, May 6, 2009
3. Forge Masters Dwelling
Stucco building described on the marker.
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The Mining Lands of Allen and Turner, image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Honachefsky Jr, November 16, 2004
4. The Mining Lands of Allen and Turner,
Once called Union Furnace, now the William B. Honachefsky Spruce Run Gorge Memorial Tract.

The William B Honachefsky Memorial Tract, contains all of the historical iron ore mining lands of the oldest foundry in United States history, the 11,000 acre Union Iron Works/Taylor Wharton founded in 1742 by Allen, a Supreme Court justice and Turner,a sea captain. Both were prominent Philadelphia businessman. Now a part of Spruce Run State Park. Allen's and Turner's, "Ironworks along the Spruce" contained some of the richest iron ore of the Colonies. Union Iron Works furnished cannonballs for Washington's Continental Army from this tract. The tract, was preserved and dedicated on behalf of the former Union president of Taylor Wharton and his son, a world famous author and environmentalist, both avid hunters and outdoorsmen.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,299 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on February 29, 2016, by William Honachefsky Jr of Clinton, New Jersey. Photos:   1. submitted on January 23, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey.   2. submitted on April 7, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 7, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.   4. submitted on January 27, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 4, 2022