Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District

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Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District
Dale Furnace and Forge HD Horse Barn 02.JPG
Horse barn. July 2013.
Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District
Location Forgedale Road northwest of Bally, Washington Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°25′21″N 75°37′01″W / 40.42250°N 75.61694°W / 40.42250; -75.61694Coordinates: 40°25′21″N 75°37′01″W / 40.42250°N 75.61694°W / 40.42250; -75.61694
Area 19 acres (7.7 ha)
Built c. 1791, 1827, 1854
Architectural style Other, Federal, Iron furnace
Governing body Private
MPS Iron and Steel Resources of Pennsylvania MPS
NRHP Reference # 91001134[1]
Added to NRHP September 6, 1991

Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District, also known as Dale Iron Works and Mt. Chalfont Furnace, is a historic "iron plantation" and national historic district located in Washington Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The district encompasses six contributing buildings and one contributing site. They are a stone horse barn (c. 1850), stone and frame bank barn (c. 1850), ironmaster's mansion (1791, 1827), smokehouse and wash house (1827), stone worker's house (1830), and counting house (1827, 1854). The archaeological site includes the ruins of a worker's house, the stone furnace stack (c. 1791), bank iron furnace, forge foundations and race (c. 1804-1811), and remnants of dam breast. The furnace remained in blast until about 1822, and the Dale Forge was in operation until 1868.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ ""National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania"" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Diane B. Reed (March 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Dale Furnace and Forge Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-22.