Four miles north, on this side road, is the site of an ancient iron furnace established about 1716 by Governor Alexander Spotswood, the first fully equipped iron furnace in the colonies. Iron was hauled along this road to the Rappahannock River for shipment. William Byrd visited the furnace in 1732 and described it.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: 5901 Germanna Highway (Virginia 3), about 500 feet east of intersection with Spotswood Furnace Road (County Road 620), Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Marker is on right when traveling west on Virginia 3.
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