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Beggs-Weaver House (Union Forge, Buffalo Forge)

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Union Forge,Buffalo Forge
c. 1814; c. 1826; later additions. 2694 Forge Rd.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Since the early nineteenth century, this has been an important iron forge site. Thomas Beggs built a two-room house and a forge here. William Weaver and Thomas Mayberry purchased it and expanded the forging operation (Weaver subsequently dissolved his partnership with Mayberry). By the mid-nineteenth century the complex included mills, blacksmith shops, a post office, and rows of dwellings for Weaver's enslaved workforce. Very little is left. The main house is sited on the side of a hill with a high stone foundation serving as the ground floor. The two rooms to the southwest of the house are a later addition, and the Gothic Revival-trimmed dormers were added in the 1850s. In the late nineteenth century, a frame section was added to the rear of the house and a brick kitchen was built on the southwest. Notable outbuildings include two brick slave houses at the rear of the house, a stone kitchen to the south, and the ruins of a mill and store to the west. The iron forge operation has been the subject of a PBS documentary and a book, Bonds of Iron (1993), by Charles Dew.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Beggs-Weaver House (Union Forge, Buffalo Forge)", [Glasgow, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 133-133.

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