Two years ago we had the opportunity to visit Cornwall Iron Furnace for the first time and to take the guided museum tour. It was the first time that we had ever visited any of the iron furnace historical sites in Pennsylvania. Since that time, we’ve taken a great interest in exploring as many of them that we can.
You can visit our original Cornwall Iron Furnace feature right here on our travel blog to read an extensive review that we wrote on the tour and see numerous photographs that we took the first time that we were there.
On our most recent visit we were helping our 8 1/2 year old granddaughter with a history project for school and taking her around to see some of the historical markers in the area and some of the sites that go along with them. On our stop was Cornwall Iron Furnace which happened to be closed on this particular visit.
With that said, we were able to park the car and walk around the grounds to show her some of the old buildings on the property. Since we’re familiar with the history, we were able to give her some of the historical facts about it which she documented for her report. Again, if you’re interested in that, please visit our original feature for that information.
We finally located BOTH of the official Cornwall Iron Furnace historical markers and photographed them for her report. Yes, there are two different ones, so you’ll want to locate both of them on the property if you’re documenting them for your records. They’re about 300 feet apart.
The first Cornwall Furnace marker reads as follows:
Cornwall Furnace – Charcoal iron furnace built by Peter Grubb, operated 1742-1883. Best surviving example of early Pennsylvania ironworks. Now a State historical shrine, gift of Mrs. Margaret Coleman Buckingham, heir of its famous owner, Robert Coleman.
The second Cornwall Furnace marker reads as follows:
Built by Peter Grubb. Operated from 1742 to 1883.
Cornwall Iron Furnace is a very cool place to visit in Cornwall, Pennsylvania. It’s an area that’s rich in iron history and you can learn all kinds of things about Peter Grubb the famous iron master. Within a few miles of the site you’ll find the Hopewell Forge Mansion that was originally built by Peter Grubb for his family and there is another historical marker located there, as well as others pertaining to the old iron industry.