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Estell Manor in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Etna (Aetna) Furnace

1816 - 1832

 
 
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By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
1. The Etna (Aetna) Furnace Marker
Inscription. John Coates and the Howell family of Philadelphia built the Etna Furnace. The first manager was John Ladd Howell II.

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

The Etna (Aetna) Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
2. The Etna (Aetna) Furnace Marker
(approx. 6.9 miles away); Estellville Glass Factory (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Daniel Estell House (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Estellville Methodist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Estell Manor.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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