Liberty Furnace, Venango County, Pennsylvania


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Liberty is on a branch of Beatty Run in Jackson Township. It was built in1841 or 1842 by a Dr. Williams and William Geist. It was abandoned in 1853(s&t). The furnace is below a beautiful waterfall. It has been greatly damaged and only a high pile of stones and rubble, and a part of two walls are visible(P)(V)(rp-1977, he-2003, rp/dd2004).
We will give two routes to Liberty Furnace:
(1) From Franklin proceed west on US322 to the village of Hannaville. Turn right at Hannaville onto SR4004 (Decker Run Road) and proceed approximately 3.4 miles to Peters Cemetery (on the right). Turn right on SR4018 (Dominion Hill Road). Go 1.0 mile to Falls Road T352. Turn left on Falls Road. Proceed up the hill about 0.3 miles and park. (When Hank Edenborn visited this site in September 2003 he found all the property up to 0.4 miles on T 352 was posted and some of the homes there were built after 1978, so we will offer a second route that Hank took) The original route took a trail through the woods to the right. Following this trail until it branched left. Taking the right branch until it branched left again. Following this trail down to a waterfall on Beatty Run. Below the falls and across the run the ruins were against the hillside.
GPS furnace location N41 31.570' - W079 55.972'(he-2003).
(2) The optional route continued on SR4018 past Falls Road to the bridge over Beatty Run. GPS location N 41 31.305' W079 55.908'. Parking here follow the run north upstream to the furnace. A remnant of an old road mostly on the right (east) bank makes the hike to the furnace fairly easy.(he). When we did this in Oct. 2004 we followed near the creek and found the last several hundred feet to the furnace to be quite strenuous.(rp,dd-2004)
GPS furnace location N41 31.570' - W079 55.972'(he-2003)(rp,dd 2004).

Liberty Furnace - October 1977

Liberty Furnace - October 1977

Falls on Beatty Run above Liberty Furnace.
Furnace stones can be seen in the eower right corner
Octoer 1977

Chris and Dan Dundon on furnace hunt to Liberty Furnace
October 2004.

Liberty 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).
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
Dan & Chris Dundon, Erie, PA
Copyright Richard Parks, January 22, 2010