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. Soon, however, charcoal blast furnaces were constructed against hillsides, and workers trundled iron ore, charcoal, and limestone flux across a short bridge to the furnace stack, dumped the loads
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 24.489′ N, 80° 11.868′ W. Marker is in Danbury, North Carolina, in Stokes County. Marker can be reached from Shepherd Mill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Moratock Park, near the Dan River. Marker is in this post office area: Danbury NC 27016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,213 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.