GreenSPringFurnaceJacquesHouse Daily Mail 14 Aug 1963

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Daily Mail 14 Aug 1963 - -- THE DAILY MAIL, Haterstown, Md. | OUR COUNTY...
-- THE DAILY MAIL, Haterstown, Md. | OUR COUNTY HERITAGE The State .Roads Commission callr the public's attention to a signficant region within tb« Fort Frederick area. On its bronze plaque near the side of the road that j bypasses the fort, and adjacent adjacent to both the site of the old Green Spring Furnace and t h e Jacques House, are these words: "Lattcelot Jacques, a Frengh Hug- cnoli who in partnership w i t h Thomas Johnson, in 1768, built the Green Spring Furnace. He and Johnson dissolved partnership in 1776, when Johnson became the first Governor of Maryland" (i.e., the first governor after Maryland became free from England). The tablet takes us back two Revolution were tremendous. He was one of George Washington's greatest supporters and closest friends. It was necessary for him and Jacques to dissolve their partnership. partnership. Jacques took the Green Spring Furnace and its land for his share; Johnson took the Catoctin Catoctin area. Here Lancelot Jacques combined French vivacity w i t h English pluck; just the sort of a man for the opening of a new country. The last traces ot the furnace that he built vanished years ago, but part of his dwelling house still stands on tne hill where he built it. Before it was remodeled, it was a specimen! ot excellent, centuries. Then during each year, as early as March, there were massed on Licking Creek and the Potomac flat-bottomed barges, piled piled high with great hunks of iron awaiting the spring thaws and freshets that filled the river with a greater volume of water, enabling enabling each consignment of iron to be floated safely down to Georgteown to be shipped away The first county workers on sailboats. It was the age of move into the courthouse steam transportation. At that time there were iron furnaces on the revised occupancy schedule. banks of Licking Creek and the Green Spring Run. In Ihis portion of the county, there were valuable deposits of iron ore. The terrain was a partj of the Maryland iron sphere which' made important contributions to the nation's iron and steel development. development. Here was a center where the present American metallurgical metallurgical industry, a modern wonder sheriffs offices and expressed of the world, felt its first pulsations pulsations of life. Among the slate's pioneer iron smelters was Lancelot Jacques, a descendant of a French Protestant refugee, who settled first in England England but later came to this country country to purchase'tobacco to sell to the English people. Lancelot Jac patented 15,000 acres of land in this county by the Calverts. They also owned another vast tract on the Catoctin Mountain, Frederick County. They established the Catin Catin Furnace there and the Green Spring Furnace here. There was an abundant hematite mineral in both sections. Tlie governor's duties during the rural architecture, masonry, and carpentering of 187 years ago. Its location on a gentle eminence in the midst of a lovely dale with a brook babbling through and the mountains walling it up on the eastward, proves that the old settler had a nice taste for the beauty of nature. When the furnace furnace was in full blast, and the hillside hillside dotted with the log cabins of his numerous slaves, the scene must have been full of life and vigor. In this serene house, Lancelot Lancelot (spelled then Launcelot) Jacques Jacques entertained Goerge Washington, Washington, Governor Johnson, and his brother, when the general was exploring exploring the Potomac for a suitable suitable location for the nation's capital. capital. First Employes In Courthouse Aug. 27 will addition addition Tuesday, August 27, under a The Economic Development vails in the adjoining county accounting accounting department. The County Commissioners es- imatcd that their new meeting room will be little more than half Commission will be the first to as large as the present quarters, occupy nejv offices there. Other county organizations will move in gradually throughout August and September as workmen complete complete the structure. Meanwhile, the Board of Coun- and expressed concern about the iroblem of fitting filing cabinets nto the available space. "It's too late to change -things low" was the concensus of opin- on. There will be a conference .y Commissioners voted Tuesday room available for the County -O make a slight change in the concern over the space provided for the County Commissioners themselves. Sheriff Charles Price told the ward that the bare cinder blocks that were planned as the walls of Ms office would create a dampness dampness problem and would give the surrounding a bleak appearance. ques and Thomas Johnson were This section of the building receives receives no exterior ventilation. The County Commissioners approved approved the installation of paneling paneling in the sheriff's department at a cost of about $1,200, after the contractor advised that this would be less.expensive than the acoustical blocks that have been provided Commissioners on occasions when delegations too large for the regular regular meeting room are on hand. The schedule for moving into he courthouse addition, as ap- iroved by the contractor, includes: includes: Washington County Board of llection Supervisors, August 28; sheriff's department, September 4; juvenile court, September S; ax assessor's office, ( September ·i; treasurer's department, Sen- ember 7; accounting department and Planning and Zoning Commis- iion, September 12; County Commissioners, Commissioners, on or about September September 20. No date has been set yet for moving the office of Judge Irvine I. Rutledge and for use of the YOU'D NEVER GUESS from this normal-appearing hillside today that a famous 18Ui century iron furnace once thrived iri just east of Fort Frederick. outzahn'so 1600 VIRGINIA AVE. PHONE 733-7417

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