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Roaring Run Iron Furnace

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1832; 1847, 1861 rebuilt. 450 Roaring Run Rd., Jefferson National Forest

Roaring Run Iron Furnace, in operation periodically from 1832 until the end of the Civil War, served one of the extractive industries that played an important part in Botetourt's economy. The blast furnace, an elongated and truncated pyramidal structure of squared stone, has an opening in the top through which iron ore, charcoal, and limestone flux were loaded. The fire of the burning charcoal, intensified by bellows run by a water-powered tub mill, reduced the iron to molten pig iron that ran out onto the casting floor in front of a larger arched opening. In the furnace's final years most of its iron was shipped to the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond to produce arms.

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Anne Carter Lee

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