Welcome to the website of the Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail. The purpose of the project is to research, identify, and document existing 19th century iron industry resources along the Western Highland Rim, and to assist the counties within the Trail to tell the stories of these places.

This website is designed to introduce some of the most intact and significant existing iron industry sites along the Trail and to provide individual histories as well as context. A Glossary and a list of Selected Sources are provided for those readers who wish to have more information on the technology associated with the production of iron.

Please keep in mind that several of the sites described are on private property and may not be fully accessible to the public. The remains of the iron furnace sites are historic, fragile, and all require and deserve the respect of the visitor. Please view the sites with caution, particularly the stacks which may be unstable, and leave each one of these places as you found it.


Click the following links for information



Image Gallery


County  Resources

Selected Sources

Click Here to See a Blast Furnace Animation
This website was produced by the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area at Middle Tennessee State University in cooperation with the Buffalo Duck River and Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Councils, and is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. No part of this web website may be reproduced for any reason without the written permission of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation at Box 80, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, Telephone: (615) 898-2947.