This was one of the last charcoal furnaces in operation in Ohio.
This historical marker was dedicated in 1999. Sponsored by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Welsh Societies of Southeast Ohio, and The Ohio Historical Society
Most of the structures that were part of the furnace complex were lost to time but some of the furnaces have survived
Reproduction of a photograph depicting a crew of laborers at the Jefferson Furnace in Jackson County, Ohio. The crew members are identified as Amos Crabtree, Fred Heading, John Wilson, John Wilson Jr. and Ellory Manring.
Backstory and Context
One of the founding members and the first president of Jefferson Furnace was Thomas T. Jones, the progenitor of the Jones family in Jackson, Ohio. The Jones family was a major influence on the city of Jackson for the better part of a century, due in large part to the iron industry, which flourished in South-eastern Ohio until the end of World War I.
The last use of the Jefferson Furnace was at 11:40 p.m. on December 26th, 1916, when the final cast was poured. tourists can view what now remains of the Jefferson Furnace at its original location on the edge of Lake Jackson in Oak Hill, Ohio. While very few steps are currently being taken to uphold the furnace, it has a marker proclaiming its historical significance to the village and the nation. While it faces an uncertain future due to its callus neglect, the furnace still stands more or less as it has for many years, now ravaged by weeds causing, along with age, the top layers of bricks to come apart.