Jackson Furnace, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Jackson - is on Pickings Run in Jenner Township. It was built about 1825 by Irwin Horrell, Phillip Murphy and Charles Ogle. It was unsuccessful in their hands, and about 1833 Joseph and William Graham took over and put the plant in blast but were overtaken by speedy disaster. The furnace was then abandoned(s&t).Jfs states it went out of blast in 1834. The furnace is in bad shape, a high pile of stones and rubble, but a well defined tailrace runs from the furnace to the stream. A charcoal house ruins stands on the bench above the furnace. (V)(P)(rp-2003, rp,ph-2004). - From the junction of US30 and PA965 in Jennerstown
N40º 09.572' W079º 03.934' Go west on US30 for 1.1 miles to junction with SR4027, Klines Mill Road to the right N40º 09.877' W079º 05.026'. Bear right on SR4027. Follow this road 1.2 miles to a dirt road, Sequanota Road
to the left.
N40º 10.640' W079º 05.818' Turn left on this road leading into Camp Sequanota, a Church Camp. Follow this private road about 0.35 miles to where a road to the right leads by sign to "Athletic Field". N40º 10.845 ' W079º 06.078 ' Follow this road. Where the road splits, the right split is the ancient "Old Forbes Road" which during frontier days was one of the first tracks over the Allegheny Mountains from Fort Bedford to Fort Pitt(jfs). To reach the furnace don't follow this old road but bear left. After about 0.22 miles the furnace remains are on the right next to the hillside.
GPS Coordinates N40º 10.950' W079º 06.309' (P)(V)(rrp2004)
Just a pile of stones and rubble about 15 feet high. Above the ruins are the remains of the charcoal house. The old millrace and tailrace are evident running between the furnace and the hillside, and diagonally across the road and down to the creek. Large slag piles are to the left just before reaching the furnace. Farther up the road you reach a dam which was used to raise the water level so that it could come down the millrace to the furnace which is on a level somewhat higher than the creek(jfs). Since the furnace is on the property of the Sequanota Lutheran Conference Center and Camp you may wish to seek permission
upon entering the area. The camp personnel are quite willing to help and show a great interest in preserving this historic site, and have a good descriptive brochure to help locate the furnace and environs(jfs). To reach the office return to the main camp road, cross the bridge over Pickings Run and continue about ¼ mile to the camp office.
Jackson Furnace - 2004
Tail race Jackson Furnace - 2004
CHarcoal House Jackson Furnace - 2004
Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Pastor Jack Timm, Camp Sequanota. Jennerstown. PA
Copyright © Richard Parks, December 29, 2009