Published on February 19, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign on the Page Valley Iron Industry during the Civil War.

In 1836 two brothers, named Daniel and Henry Forrer purchased the land for a cold blast furnace name Furnace #1.  They later built other furnaces in the area including Catherine Furnace and Furnace #2 on Naked Creek.  Over 6,000 acres provided the wood for the furnace which was necessary since each furnace consumed over an acre of wood a day for charcoal production to stay in blast.

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West side of 340 in the Town of Shenandoah in Page County
Maryland Ave.
Shenandoah, VA 22849