Near Summersville in Green County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Iron in Green County / Iron Made in Kentucky
Iron in Green County
Three iron furnaces built along Brush Creek after iron ore was found, 1815. Jacob Holderman and Charles Wilkins built furnace and forge, 1816, 10 miles downstream. Joseph Harrison erected furnace, 1819, downstream 7 miles. Forge produced household wares, tools. 2 miles from here, Green Springs Furnace built, 1832. All operated until late 1830s.
Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 11th in 1965. Charcoal timber, native ore, limestone supplied material for numerous furnaces making pig iron, utensils, munitions in the Hanging Rock, Red River, Between Rivers, Rolling Fork, Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1080.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 37° 23.024′ N, 85° 35.856′ W. Marker is near Summersville, Kentucky, in Green County. Marker is on Hodgenville Road (State Highway 61) 0.1 miles south of State Highway 566, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summersville KY 42782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln's Mentor (approx. 2.1 miles away); Early Gunpowder Mill (approx. 9 miles away); Site, Aetna Furnace (approx. 9.3 miles away); William Mentor Graham (approx. 9.9 miles away); Home of Early Minister (approx. 9.9 miles away); Green County, 1792 (approx. 10 miles away); Green Countians Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Green County Architecture Heritage History (approx. 10 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.