Blacksmith & Wagon Shop
Greenwood Furnace State Park
This large building was the transportation hub of the Furnace Community
This large building was built about 1867 to house the blacksmith shop and wagon shop. The company owned over 140 horses and mules, which were brought here to be shoed. The company built and maintained their own wagons, completing about three wagons each year. Blacksmiths and carpenters worked in the building to make the numerous metal and wooden parts for the wagons and repaired tools.
Blacksmiths and Carpenters
Both blacksmiths and carpenters assembled the wagons here. Although only one forge can be found in the shop today, several existed at the time of the shopís operation. A wheel pit where wagon wheels were assembled and a wagon lift can still be seen inside. At the peak of business in the 1870ís, the company employed five blacksmiths and three carpenters at a salary of $2.00 a day for Masters, and $1.50 for Journeymen.
(Inscription beside the image in the lower left)
A recreation of a charcoal wagon team at the 1930 Old Home Day reunion.
(Inscription under the image in the upper right)
William Stringer (pictured at left) was one of the last blacksmiths employed at Greenwood Furnace. He continued his trade at the Logan Iron and Steel Co. in nearby Burnham after the close of Greenwood Furnace.
Location. 40° 39.093′ N, 77° 45.306′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Marker is on Broad Mountain Road. Touch for map. This marker is in Greenwood Furnace State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Mineral To Metal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Undeniable Presence (about 500 feet away); An Industry in Ruins (about 500 feet away); The “Best” Iron (about 500 feet away); Basic Ingredients (about 500 feet away); The Workerís Pyramid (about 500 feet away); Greenwood Furnace (about 500 feet away); Northern Water Snakes (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
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