From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron
Iron mining and iron production were established in the American colonies almost as soon as settlers arrived. By the American Revolution, Virginia had several furnaces providing the iron that was made into firebacks, stoveplates and a myriad of household items like ladles, toasters, trivets, and trammels. This exhibition highlights these decorative, yet useful, objects made in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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