Photo by Loy Elliott

Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation served as the fiscal sponsor for the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park to allow them to undertake a project to repair and install a new concrete cap on the iconic Furnace State at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The cold-blast charcoal iron industry was central to the South Mountain region’s economy in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the 30-foot tall stone furnace stack (in operation 1764-1895) is emblematic of this legacy. The “throat” of the stack had recently been exposed to the elements, with the plywood and rubber sheeting cover having collapsed; this put the historic landmark in immediate danger of rapid deterioration. The new concrete cap will protect the stack well into the future.

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