Land Between The Lakes, Tennessee: Great Western Furnace

Large roadside rock pyramid was an iron furnace operated by enslaved people in the 1850s. There's a historical marker, signage, and a parking area.

Address:
The Trace Rd, Land Between The Lakes, TN
Directions:
On the east side of TN-49/The Trace Rd, either 13 miles north of US-79, or three miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
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Great Western Furnace.

Great Western Furnace

This 1850s iron furnace has a roadside pull-off with a historical marker and sign. Looks like a limestone pyramid on the side of the road.

[Amanda Fagan, 09/08/2020]

According to the historical marker, the furnace shut down in 1856 "due to lack of ore and to a slave insurrection by the furnace crew."


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