Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
Iron-making A Forgotten Industry of North Carolina
The Piedmont boasted a manufacturing strength in cotton and textile mills but during the late 18th- and early 19th- centuries iron smelting was a nascent industry. The earliest furnace was built by 1770 in Orange County and showed greatest promise in Lincoln County. A brief history of both discovering raw ore and iron manufacturing is presented.