Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Wayne Furnace

Marker ID: THC 3F 30
Location: U.S. 64, Wayne County, 1.1 mile west of Forty-Eight Creek
County: Wayne
Waymark: None


About 70 yards south, on Furnace Branch of Forty-Eight Creek, a cold-blast charcoal furnace was built in 1835. Using brown hematite ore from orebanks within 200 yards of the site, it was remodeled several times during its life, attaining a maximum capacity of 15 tons daily. It operated until about November, 1865.