Furnace at Green Spring Morning Herald 14 Aug 1963

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Furnace at Green Spring
Morning Herald 14 Aug 1963 - 4 -- THE MORNING HERALD. Hagraown. Md. J* "...
4 -- THE MORNING HERALD. Hagraown. Md. J* " UMM^W. * ' u IMS Tilt SUto · Botdi Commission Iron ore. The terrain was · part cilli Uw public*! attention to a of the Maryland iron sphere which fnttkint region within the Fort made important contributions to Frederick area. On its bronze the nation's iron and steel develop- kque near the side of the road hat bypasses the fort, and ad- acent to both the site of the old Thomas Johnson, in 1768, built the descendant of a French Protestant OUR COUNTY HERITAGE reen Spring Furnace and t h e of the world, felt its first pulsa icques House, are these words: Lancelot Jacques, a Frengh Hug- not, who in partnership w i t h reen Spring Furnace. He and ohnson dissolved partnership in 776, when Johnson became the rst Governor of Maryland" (i.e., e first governor after Maryland jecame free from England). The tablet takes us back two enturies. Then during each year, s early as March, there were asscd on Licking Creek and the otomac flat-bottomed barges, pil- I high with great hunks of iron vaiting the spring thaws and eshcts that filled the river with greater volume of water, en- bling each consignment of iron be floated safely down to eorgteown to be shipped away i sailboats. It was the age of earn transportation. -At that time ere were iron furnaces on the inks of Licking Creek and the reen Spring Run. In this portion of the county, lere were valuable deposits of ment. Here was a center where the present American metallurgi cal industry, a modern wonder lions of life. Among the state's pioneer iron smelters was Lancelot Jacques, a YOU'D NEVER GUESS from this normal-appearing hillside today that a famous 18th century iron furnace once thrived in. the area just east of Fort Frederick. refugee, who settled first in Eng land but later came to this country country to purchase tobacco to sell to the English people. Lancelot Jacques Jacques and Thomas Johnson were satented 15,000 acres of land in this county by the Calverts. They also owned another vast tract on Ihe Catoctin Mountain, Frederick bounty. They established the Ca;in Ca;in Furnace there and the Green Spring Furnace here. There was an abundant hematite mineral in oth sections. The governor's duties during the Revolution were tremendous. He was one of George Washington's jreatest supporters and closest riends. It was necessary for him and Jacques to dissolve their partnership. partnership. Jacques took the Green ipring 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 man for the opening of a new country. The last traces of the furnac that he built vanished years ago but part of his dwelling nous still stands on me hill where built it. Before it was remodeled it was a specimen! of excellent rural architecture, masonry, am carpentering of 187 years ago. location on a gentle eminence in the midst of a lovely dale with a brook babbling through an Ihe mountains walling it up on the eastward, proves that the settler had a nice taste for the beauty of nature. When the furn ace was in full blast, and the side dotted with the log cabins of his numerous slaves, the scene must have been full of life and vigor. In this serene house. ot (spelled then Launcelot) Jac ques entertained Goerge Washing on, Governor Johnson, and his brother, When the general was exploring the Potomac for a suit ible location for the nation's cap- tal. Ranch owner Edna Skinner, co- tar of "Mister Ed," once drove cattle alone from Montana to he railroad in Idaho, an all-day tint. a DONT MISS THE GREAT

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  2. 14 Aug 1963, Wed,
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