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Henry Clay Furnace

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1834–1836. Via footpath, .5 mile southeast of the parking lot

A hundred years before the CCC built its facilities at Cooper's Rock, the area had been a beehive of industrial activity. The Henry Clay Furnace, now the sole visible remnant of a oncethriving enterprise, was formerly the nucleus of a settlement of 200 workers. It now stands isolated in a deep, woodsy hollow at the end of a long, gently descending footpath.

The furnace, a truncated pyramid, occupies a 30-foot-square footprint, and its walls rise the same height. A testament to the stonemason's skill, it is constructed of huge sandstone blocks, beautifully finished and joined. Wooden-rail trams connected ore pits, where the iron ore was found, to the furnace. The operation is thought to have lasted until c. 1868.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Henry Clay Furnace", [Morgantown, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-ML20.

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