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ORNC Council Speaker Series – You can’t get blood from a stone, but you can get money from it: The Northampton Iron Furnace

Date/Time
Date(s) - Monday, May 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

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ORNC Council Speaker Series - You can’t get blood from a stone, but you can get money from it: The Northampton Iron Furnace

Bill Curtis, National Park Ranger stationed at Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
What natural resources do you need to create wealth? How do you do it? What are the environmental consequences, good and bad? And what is left on the ground 200 years later? While relating the history of the Northampton Iron Furnace, Bill Curtis will explore these questions. The Northampton Furnace was the 10thfurnace erected in Maryland. It produced many iron products including weapons and ammunition used in two wars.
The Ridgely family, owners of the vast Hampton Estate, built the iron furnace and operated it for many decades. Bill will talk about the history of the furnace and its workers. He will also discuss the ways that Americans have exploited and changed our natural resources including stone, minerals, wood and water, and will touch on transportation history.
Adults FREE(donations appreciated)
No registration required