Near Elverson in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A new ironmaking method
In 1853, the Hopewell partners built a hot-blast anthracite furnace here. This new furnace did not burn charcoal but used anthracite coal to smelt iron — an attempt to reduce fuel costs and increase iron production.
Hopewell's anthracite furnace operated for less than four years. By 1857, furnace machinery had been removed and was installed on a new furnace on the Schuylkill Canal. This suggests that the cost of hauling coal made the furnace operation uneconomical.
There are no historical photographs of Hopewell's anthracite furnace. However, this 1848 hot-blast anthracite furnace in Boonton, New Jersey is similar to the one that once stood here.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 12.341′ N, 75° 46.489′ W. Marker is near Elverson, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Touch for map. Marker is next to the hot-blast furnace ruins on the grounds of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site off Shed Road (Pennsylvania Route 345). Marker is in this post office area: Elverson PA 19520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cooling Shed (a few steps from this marker); Charcoal Kilns Charcoal Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); Headraces (within shouting distance of this marker); Ironmaster's Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warwick Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); Colonel Thomas Bull (approx. 3.9 miles away); Swedish Pioneers (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elverson.
Also see . . . Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.