Center Furnace  

Mrs. Nannie Kelley Wright was the sole proprietress of the Center Furnace which is shown above.


Year Built 1836
Blew Out Early 1900
Built By William Carpenter
Daily Tonnage 16
Location Elizabeth Township, off route 93 and on county road 41.
Remains None known.

Note: This furnace had a woman for its Iron Master during its last operations. Nanny Kelly was probably the only woman Iron Master in the U.S. and possibly the world. Many of her things are in the Lawrence County Historical Museum in Ironton.

Copyright 2006 by Amos Hawkins