Winfield was a tiny hamlet on the Susquehanna River known only as the site of the last Indian massacre in the county until iron ore was discovered in the Shamokin Ridge in the 1840s. The Union Furnace, established at nearby Turtle Creek in 1854, grew to be one of the largest in the county. The iron works are gone but the 1780 homestead of the John Lee family, massacred by Indians in 1782, survives on Main Street. The Federal Revival house (1856) of ironmaster Levi Rooke and a few grand houses built by Winfield's entrepreneurs along U.S. 15 and PA 304 attest to the village's prosperity.
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