I'm so glad you stopped by. I'll warn you though -- once you start diving into the history of Lawrence County, you are bound to get hooked!
My name is Nicole and I LOVE talking about local history. The subject I've delved into the most is the iron furnaces. They're fascinating and I'm excited to show you all that I've learned over the years.
I started this website to compile ALL of the research I've done on the furnaces. There are several books on this subject and the county museum has an entire section dedicated to the furnaces. But I wanted to bring you right into this journey with me!
That's a great question! I've included a TON of maps to show you and I've listed the GPS coordinates for each furnace site. Be careful, though, some of them are on private property. I'll try to let you know which ones they are.
The Hanging Rock Iron Region began in 1816 with the Amanda Furnace in Ashland, KY. The last furnace to run was the rebuilt Amanda Furnace, which blew out in 2015 and was demolished in 2022.
I'd love to connect! You can email me anytime or, let's meet at the Museum and I'll show you all the artifacts.
I'm always adding more and more information so be sure to come back!