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Near Five Mile Fork in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Spotswood’s Furnace

 
 
Spotswood’s Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
1. Spotswood’s Furnace Marker
Inscription. Four miles north, on this side road, is the site of an ancient iron furnace established about 1716 by Governor Alexander Spotswood, the first fully equipped iron furnace in the colonies. Iron was hauled along this road to the Rappahannock River for shipment. William Byrd visited the furnace in 1732 and described it.
 
Erected 1930 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number J-42.)
 
Location. 38° 17.54′ N, 77° 34.441′ W. Marker is near Five Mile Fork, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Plank Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.3 miles west of Harrison Road (County Route 620), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roads Through the Battlefield (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opening of the Campaign (about 600 feet away); McCarty Farm (about 800 feet away); Confederate Defense Turns to Offense (about 800 feet away); Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Day at Chancellorsville
Marker along SR 3 (Plank Road) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
2. Marker along SR 3 (Plank Road)
(approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Five Mile Fork.
 
Regarding Spotswood’s Furnace. Spotswood's Furnace has also been referred to as Tubal Furnace or Tubal Iron Works.
 
Also see . . .  Preserving the Sunrise - Columns - Industrial Heating. The foregoing describes the sunrise of industrial revolution in America. Without the vision, work and success of Alexander Spotswood, there might not be a United States as we know it today. (Submitted on October 6, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Modern day view of the Site of Spotswood’s Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 6, 2012
3. Modern day view of the Site of Spotswood’s Furnace
Modern day view of the Site of Spotswood’s Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 6, 2012
4. Modern day view of the Site of Spotswood’s Furnace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,279 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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