Weymouth Furnace - Weymouth Twp., NJ
N 39° 31.076 W 074° 46.772
18S E 518950 N 4374277
Quick Description: This historical sign is located on Weymouth Road just at the entrance to the furnace.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 8:04:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM2Y63
The site's history dates to the early 19th century. It provided weapons iron for the War of 1812 and reached its peak in the 1850s, when the site contained a furnace, forge, gristmill, Methodist church, sawmill, large owner's mansion, store, 20 workers' houses, a blacksmith shop, and a wheelwright.
Fueled by charcoal, by the 1860s, the forge had become obsolete as iron production moved to areas where hard coal was abundant.
Marker Name: Weymouth Furnace
Marker Type: Local? Unofficial
Atlantic County Historical Society
Early 19th Century South Jersey iron furnace. Iron was produced from "Bog Ore" mined in surrounding swamps & brought to furnace by small barges poled along canals. Iron Castings, Stoves, Pots & Pans were made. WEYMOUTH cast cannon & ball for war of 1812 & first iron pipe for the City of Philadelphia. A paper mill was erected here shortly after the furnace closed in 1862. All operations ceased about 1887.
Dedication Date: 05/04/1967
City: Weymouth Township
Group responsible for placement: Atlantic County Historical Society
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