Old Valley Furnace

The Old Valley Furnace, or Douglas Furnace, is a historical iron furnace located in Preston County, West Virginia. It was operational for only two or three years.

The Old Valley Furnace, also known as Douglass Furnace, is a historical iron furnace situated in Preston County, West Virginia. Built in 1837 by Andrew Ochiltree and operated by James Caldwell, 1 it was only operational for a brief period before coming under the ownership of William Douglass. 2 Both the Old Valley Furnace and Greenville, its neighboring furnace, ceased operations around 1840 due to lengthy transportation times and insufficient capital. 1



  1. Old Valley Furnace (Monongalia County, W. Va.).” Hagley Digital Archives.
  2. Lesley, J. Peter, editor. “Old Valley Charcoal Furnace.” The Iron Manufacturer’s Guide to the Furnaces, Forges and Rolling Mills of the United States, John Wiley, New York City, NY, 1866, p. 84.

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