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007-0871 Mount Torry Furnace

Mount Torry Furnace
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VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 02/25/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002231

Mount Torry, established in 1804, was one of the many iron furnaces in operation in the mountains of western Virginia during the 19th century. Shut down in 1854, it was reopened seven years later to supply pig iron to Richmond’s Tredegar Iron Works for Confederate armaments. Tredegar purchased the furnace in 1863 to control its iron supply, but Union troops raided the site in 1864 and put it out of operation. Unlike many of the region’s furnaces, Mount Torry was put back into blast after the Civil War and remained in production until 1892 when it was finally abandoned. The Mount Torry Furnace is now part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, and the tapered stone structure is a relic of an important 19th-century Virginia industry.  Unfortunately, one corner of the structure has collapsed in recent years, and it is covered with vines and other vegetation.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark


Updated: May 9, 2022