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Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum
Based on 15 traveler reviews
Deep in the Pocomoke Forest....
Dec 06, 2013 by: Tyaskin from Mebane, North Carolina
I remember this site as a teenager growing up a few miles away in the early 70's. There was nothing there but a dirt road off the blacktop that led down into the swamp, surrounded by tall gloomy cypress trees. The only thing visible was the tall brick furnace, which at the time had a fairsized tree growing out of the top. It was not a pleasant place to be by yourself in the evenings when the shadows began to crawl across the swamp.... Okay, now fast forward to the 21st Century, when the furnace has been restored, and a little town has been reconstructed around it, much as it might have been when the furnace was operating back before the Civil War. There is a blacksmith's forge, church, and various other craftsman's shops to show you a little of how the people on the lower Eastern Shore lived "back in the day" There are often at least a couple craftsmen at work. The Interpretive center is very nice, as is the gift shop. The nature trail is also nice, but be sure and bring some bug spray in the summer or the deer flies and mosquitos will carry you away. It's well worth driving off the beaten path a little to get to.
Small fun historical interpretive site
Oct 02, 2013 by: travelingteens from texas
We enjoyed the iron smith and the weaver. The buildings were explained by signs and an informative Map. Pleasant gift shop with items made by the smith and the weaver and historical books. I wish we had time for the hike.
Great for a glimpse into the past
Sep 13, 2013 by: Scottish_Miss from Virginia Beach, VA
The blacksmith demonstration was wonderful. He made a square iron hook with a twisted shank from a round rod of iron and spoke about the craft as he did it. Much history about the town, and well worth it.
Aug 15, 2013 by: mirandamar from Pittsgrove, New Jersey
It was laid out very well. There were expert "artisans" available at some of the areas. Very friendly staff.
Aug 10, 2013 by: Lisaburdsall from
This is such a fun place to learn about the settlers who lived in Furnace Town. I really loved watching the Iron Worker. He was so facinating that I did not want to leave. Be careful not to visit when there are bus loads of screaming school children or at a time when the staff has just dealt with a bunch of unruly and disrecpectful children, because the staff is not quite as friendly under these circumstances. Otherwise, this is a really fun place to visit. The front desk personel were very friendly and helpful.
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