Genealogical Society: Smail Next Speaker


October 12, 2023

The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library.

The speaker this month is Byron Smail. He will be talking about his book entitled “The Iron Furnaces of the Cove.” It details all of the furnaces that were located in Martinsburg, McKee, Roaring Spring, and Williamsburg.

The book includes information about how the furnaces were used, the communities surrounding them, and what the areas they were located in are like today. Of the 231 Iron furnaces in Pennsylvania, 16 were located in Blair County.

Byron is from Mar...

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