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.