Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Old Aetna Furnace

Marker ID: THC 3D 32
Location: TN 48, Hickman County, .7 mile from junction with TN 100
County: Hickman
Waymark: None


300 yards SW, Madison Napier started this blast furnace in 1836, using are from the hills at the headwaters of Beaverdam Creek. Pig iron was shipped from the Metal Landing in Shipp's Bend of Duck River, 5 miles N. It went bankrupt in 1848, was reorganized and operated until 1855. Resuming in 1862, it was shortly destroyed by Federals.