Wharton Furnace


The only one of more than 20 early Fayette County iron furnaces to be restored to its original appearance, it operated from 1839 to 1873. US Rep. Andrew Stewart began construction on this charcoal fired iron furnace in 1837. One of its products was cannonballs for the Civil War. National Register Site.

The iron industry of the 1800's was the forerunner of the steel industry soon to follow which played such a significant part in the area's history.

In 1962, Wharton Furnace was repaired and the area cleared for a small park by the state Pa Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Commemorative plaques interpret the site.








Wharton Furnace
District Forester
Forbes State Forest
PO Box 519 (Del. Rt. 30E)
Laughlintown, PA 15655

(724) 238-1200



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