Hi, first passion is rock and mineral collecting...see my page on the MinDat website.
Second passion is locating the old stone iron furnaces in western Pa. ....see my article #22.
Through the 1700's and into the 1800's iron production here was staggering. At one time Pa. lead the USA in iron production. Many many many old stone furnace remains are scattered about in all stages of decay. Some of the furnaces are in preservation parks. Others are in the wild, lost and forgotten to history. Some are so overgrown standing next to one you can not see the rock or workmanship that went in to it's construction. It makes you wonder why a furnace was built where it was.....in the middle of no-where.
You have photographed some of the furnace remains of Georgia.
My reason for contacting you:
Planning next years trip......you guessed it....to Georgia. Want to pan for gold in the northern part of the state up around Helen and Dohlonega and to visit Graves Mountain for rock collecting.
When on collecting trips (I am a private collector, not a dealer nor do I sell specimens) I try to locate info for any iron furnaces where I may be. Have a beautiful photo collection of these old timers.
Would you be able to give me directions to the furnaces you photographed, GPS coordinates are even better? The Internet is lacking the info I seek.
Had to shorten my message.
Would you reply for a chat?