Jane Furnace, Venango County, Pennsylvania


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Jane - along a branch of Scrubgrass Creek near Clintonville, Clinton Township. It was built in 1840 by William Cross, one of Venango County's first ironmasters. It was named for his wife Jane Weakley Cross(s&t). It was run by the Cross family until it went out of blast in 1859. A small village, Janesville, existed during the operation of the furnace, but faded with its closing, and only a few foundations in the woods remain to mark its location(evc). Only a few stones and pieces of lining litter the ground at this furnace site, and the best part of visiting this site is the beautiful hike up Scrubgrass Creek. For the non-strenuous hikers there is an easier route.(P)(V)(rp-1977), (V)(rp-2005)..
From the junction of PA308 and PA208 in Clintonville, take PA208 west 0.5 miles to a bridge across a branch of Scrubgrass Creek. 41 11.949'N - 79 52.962'W. From this point we offer two routes:
(1) Park before crossing the bridge. Follow along the right bank (facing downstream) about 0.4 miles On the left across the creek you will notice two walls and a wheelpit and race which were the remains of an old grist mill at 41 12.281'N - 79 53.048'W. Continuing from here another 1/8 mile, or so, will bring you to a junction with a stream coming in from the left. (To reach this point, from the road, you will pass some very beautiful small falls and rapids). Cross the creek near this point. The ruins are against a hillside to the left..(1978).
(2) Drive across the creek on PA208 and turn to the right on a gravel road parallel to the creek on its west bank. Take this road about 0.3 miles to a gated drive leading down to the Dalrymple property. (It would be best to call Mr. Dalrymple at 412-366-5777 letting him know you are coming. He may wish to arrange to accompany you but, in any event, he will probably approve your visit). Walk down the lane to toward the Dalrymple house and then work your way down to the grist mill walls at the creek near this point. Then proceed downstream to the junction as above. This will be much less strenuous than the first route.
Approximate coordinates 41 12.355'N - 79 53.136'W.

Jane Furnace Remains - 1978

Jane Furnace Remains - 1978

Jane Furnace Remains - 1978

Jane Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Exploring Venango County prepared for the Venango County Bicentennial Commision, 1976(evc).
href="http://www.amkennerdell.com/sc.html">Scrubgrass Creek web site, , Anderson, Bullion, Jane Furnaces
J. A. Caldwell (hvc) publisher History of Venango County, by Edward (Kirke) White, 1879
The News Herald, Thur. Jul 27, 1978 (tnh)
Isaac Harris (pbd) publisher The Pittsburgh Business Directory, 1837
Gary Dalrymple, Allison Park, PA
Bill Frazier, Lake Hamilton, FL
Brian Schwab, Oil City, PA
Pat Parks Hom, San Diego, CA
Copyright Richard Parks, January 22, 2010