The Etna (Aetna) Furnace
1816 - 1832
At its most active times, about 200 men were employed here. There was a sawmill, gristmill and about 50 homes.
Power for the furnace bellows was generated by building a dam below Head of the River and constructing a raceway to the furnace waterwheel, which still may be seen.
Bar iron for spikes (6 inches to two feet) and bolts for ships were made here. The furnace, once in “blast”, operated continuously for about 9 months of the year and only shut down for repairs and cleaning when the river froze.
Location. 39° 18.593′ N, 74° 48.944′ W. Marker is in Estell Manor, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Head of the River Road (NJ 649). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Estell Manor NJ 08319, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Head of the River Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tie That Binds (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Melting Furnace (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Flattening House (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Pot House
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.