Wharton Furnace, Fayette County, Pennsylvania


Wharton - A well preserved furnace in a small park on Cheney (Chaney) Run in Wharton Township, built in 1839 and operated sporadically until 1873. Made, among other things, cannonballs for the Union Army during the Civil War. During the summer of 1962 the furnace was repaired and the area cleared for use as a small park. The stack is to be kept as a memorial to the iron industry which played an important part in Fayette County history(s&t). The stack is in excellent condition and the wheel pit and millrace are evident. (P)(V)(rp-2003).
Go about six miles east from Uniontown on US40 to the Summit resort on the right. Continue about 0.6 miles beyond the summit and angle up to the right on Wharton Furnace Road. N 39 50.840' W079 38.699'. Go on Wharton Furnace Road about 1.9 miles and look for the furnace in a small park on the right side of the road. You can drive in and park near the furnace.
GPS Location N 39 49.545' W079 38.275' (rp-2003)
There are some great ruins of the wheel pit and millrace visible.

Sign at Wgarton Furnace - October 2003

Wharton Furnace - October 2003

Wharton Furnace - October 2003
Wheel pit in foreground

Wheel pit at Wharton Furnace - October 2003

Wharton Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)

Copyright Richard Parks, Last updated March 18, 2010