Buckeye Furnace

A reconstructed charcoal-fired iron blast furnace with original stack.

Buckeye Furnace

123 Buckeye Park Road, Wellston, OH, USA
Grounds: All daylight hours year-round

Museum & Gift Shop Hours May- October
Fri. - Sun. • 12 – 4 p.m.
Everyone - Free


See how pig iron was made. Buckeye Furnace is a reconstructed charcoal-fired blast furnace, one of many that once operated in southeastern Ohio’s Hanging Rock Iron Region. Learn how iron-making “towns” much like this one scattered across rural southern Ohio in the 19th century helped win the Civil War.

At this 270-acre site, see the furnace, originally built in 1852, which went out of blast for the last time in 1894. Also, tour reconstructed furnace buildings, a museum and nature trails. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours


Following the end of the salt-making industry in Jackson County (1795–1826), the local economy revolved around agriculture. Though natural resources were abundant in the county, they remained untapped. In several isolated areas of southeastern Ohio, iron deposits had been found which resulted in limited production of iron. In the 1830s, four furnaces had been erected in Ohio with 12 more being built in the 1840s.

While several iron furnaces remain, Buckeye’s reconstructed furnace is the only one that, except for the trees that have grown since closing, is much as it was when it was operating.

Buckeye Furnace is managed locally by the Friends of Buckeye Furnace.

  • Audiences: K-5th Grade Students, 6-8th Grade Students, 9-12th Grade Students, Higher Education Students, Educators, Families, Government, Specialists, Tourists, Community Groups, History Enthusiasts & Sports Fans
  • Historical Topics: Civil War, Industry & Labor & Natural History
  • Regions: Southeast Ohio
  • Site Activities: Self-Guided
  • Museum & Site Type: Historical Marker, Blue Star Site & Ohio History Connection Site