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Elizabeth Furnace was built around 1832 by Edward Bell and Sons in the village of Sabbath Rest, now present-day Pinecroft. The town received it's name from the fact that the furnace proprieter, Martin Bell (son of Edward), devised a method of banking the furnace fire over Sunday allowing the workers the day off. Operations could be resumed immediately Monday morning without having to heat the large structure again. Bell also invented and patented a way of utilizing the escaping gases and heat from the furnace stack to generate steam to power various appliances around the site. This June 2000 photo was taken of it’s least deteriorated side. Also slightly visible near the bottom are the left and front openings to the furnace.

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Elizabeth Furnace - view from the east

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