Cornwall Iron Furnace Chapter
About Our Chapter
The chapter was organized on December 8, 2012 at the home of Glynda Bunnell. The organizing officers are: H. Rebekah Waddell, Regent; R. Heather Waddell, Vice Regent; Gloria Belair, Recording Secretary; Susan Zabolotny, Treasurer; Beverly Koons, Registrar; and Beverly N. Waddell, Chaplain. The other organizing members that were present at the meeting were: Glynda Bunnell; Valerie Chenail; Susan Ernst; Marjorie Miller; Marie Whalen; and Kywin Zabolotny. We were honored to have two special guests with us at the meeting: Deborah White Hershey, South Central District Director, and Andrea J. Snedaker, Honorary State Regent. There were some organizing members who were not able to attend the meeting; they are: Tanya Belair, Crystal Donnelly, Gloria Gingrich Patricia Kasper, Arue Moore, Heather Paterno, Kathryn Plizga, Megan Skipper, Janet Tuzinski, and Linda Yohn.
About The Furnace
The Cornwall Iron Furnace is a designated National Historic Landmark that is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The furnace was a leading Pennsylvania iron producer from 1742 until it was shut down in 1883. The furnaces, support buildings and surrounding community have been preserved as a historical site and museum, providing a glimpse into Lebanon County's industrial past. The site is the only intact charcoal-burning iron blast furnace in its original plantation in the western hemisphere. Established by Peter Grubb in 1742, Cornwall Furnace was operated during the Revolution by his sons Curtis and Peter Jr. who were major arms providers to George Washington. Robert Coleman acquired Cornwall Furnace after the Revolution and became Pennsylvania's first millionaire. Ownership of the furnace and its surroundings were transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1932. For more information, go to www.cornwallironfurnace.org.
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