Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall

#734 of 2,611 in Things to do in Pennsylvania
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Cornwall Iron Furnace is a designated National Historic Landmark that is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Cornwall, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The furnace was a leading Pennsylvania iron producer from 1742 until it was shut down in 1883. The furnaces, support buildings and surrounding community have been preserved as a historical site and museum, providing a glimpse into Lebanon County's industrial past. The site is the only intact charcoal-burning iron blast furnace in its original plantation in the western hemisphere. Established by Peter Grubb in 1742, Cornwall Furnace was operated during the Revolution by his sons Curtis and Peter Jr. who were major arms providers to George Washington. Robert Coleman acquired Cornwall Furnace after the Revolution and became Pennsylvania's first millionaire. Ownership of the furnace and its surroundings was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1932.
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  • I had been wanting to check out this site for awhile. Founded in the 1730s, this is the oldest iron furnace in the Western Hemisphere, and was used by the Continental Army during the American...  more »
  • We took a trip to visit Cornwall furnace during the Christmas season. It is a fascinating piece of history showing the Iron-Making industry in PA. It is the most complete furnace I've seen. The...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Wish he wouldn't have mentioned snake sightings in the basement where we were until AFTER we left the building. Amazing to hear what the workers encountered everyday.
  • Was a beautiful place to visit, not what I was expecting. The entry fee was cheap and our tour guide Karin was great! Very knowledgeable and made the whole group feel welcome! Definitely planning a return visit!

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