The Path Valley Historical Society is a new organization in the area celebrating 2 years of coming together to preserve and celebrate the diverse history in Path Valley. The mission of the Path Valley Historical Society is founded on the ideals of educating and involving area youth, preservation, restoration and support the legacy that lies within its community.
Established in January 2018, the organization lends itself as a resource to the community and those passionate about history and the community though it’s museum, local research, genealogy and education efforts. Those interested in visiting the Path Valley Historical Society located at 19483 Spring Run Rd, Spring Run PA can do so on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 5pm. As the organization grows, they seek volunteers and individuals interested in partnering with the society as they endeavor to remember their past in an effort to preserve the future.
A recent area of interest in Path Valley has been the Carrick Furnace which volunteers have recently worked to clean and preserve so that visitors can enjoy this historical landmark also adding a driveway and parking lot. The Furnace was deeded to the Path Valley Historical Society in February 2020. Located in Metal Township, the property donnes a limestone furnace stack, Peter L Weimer blowing engine (1879), boilers from the steam engine and cast house foundation. The Carrick Furnace was built in 1828 by General Samuel Dunn. In 1837, operations were suspended and was then sold in 1843. After being leased to “Witherow and Walker” in 1879 it was converted to “hot blast” after the installation of the steam-powered blowing engine and went out of blast in 1884 which at the time had then been donated to the Franklin Historical Society. In 1991, Carrick Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2020 continues to be revitalized now under care of the Path Valley Historical Society.
If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the preservation of history and the Carrick Furnace you can join the Facebook group Friends of Carrick Furnace.
Blog contributed by: Lauren Formosa