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When driving by, this furnace pops up out of nowhere. Take the time to read its fascinating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rye, New Hampshire
Unique View of an Iron Furnace

It truly was a beautiful sight to see a beautifully restored iron furnace. Although there was a... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Carol R
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2 weeks ago
28 Aug 2018
“Unique View of an Iron Furnace”
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421 Main St, Franconia, NH 03580-4833
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When driving by, this furnace pops up out of nowhere. Take the time to read its fascinating history. It's a beautiful iron furnace by the Gale River.

Thank NHjo
Reviewed August 28, 2018

It truly was a beautiful sight to see a beautifully restored iron furnace. Although there was a unique iron bridge near the interpretive center, it would have been better if there had been a way to get a closer view of the furnace for we...More

Thank Carol R
Reviewed November 20, 2017

This was more a history lesson and it was quite interesting. The metal bridge still survived. However, no one could go on the other side of the river, where the port-revolutionary furnace for smelting local iron core is located. They are the ones who made...More

1  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed November 8, 2017

I used to live right acroos the street from this place. It looks pretty cool. There are some artifacts located on the wall inside a case of a little shed across the river. It is an interesting piece of history

1  Thank nhironchef
Reviewed October 31, 2017

My husband found this extremely interesting. Very good photo ops. There could be better parking. Lots of information available on site.

Thank acopeland2017
Reviewed October 13, 2017

The Iron Furnace is huge but it originally have a building around it. It was built in the early 1800's and shut down during the Civil War when furnaces were built in Pennsylvania, closer to the population.

Thank Sue R
Reviewed June 24, 2017

The soul remaining iron furnace in the area. It is an interpretive center and someone has built a bridge to the furnace so you can get up and personal with it. A good place to stop for a short break.

Thank larryrneal2016
Reviewed March 21, 2017

This is a great place for lunch, or just to relax. There are picnic tables, and it's nice to sit back and listen to the river, or watch the river from the bridge.

Thank nh681
Reviewed October 19, 2016

We happened upon this landmark (see photo description). Unfortunately, we couldn't get closer than across the stream from it, but the photo opportunity is there ! Worth the stop.

Thank BeBe_Bon
Reviewed October 11, 2016

The octagonal-shaped iron furnace sits impressively on the banks of the Gale River; you can't miss it if you are driving through town. This quick and easy stop offers a glimpse into the region's history. Iron ore was mined a few miles to the southwest...More

Thank Kay J
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