Smail Presents Iron Furnaces to Genealogical Society


November 9, 2023

Author Byron Smail addressed the monthly meeting of the Blair County Genealogical Society to speak on about his book "Iron Furnaces of the Cove."

Smail said that he wanted to get the history out there for the people of the Cove and their ancestors who worked those furnaces and mining.

"There wasn't a whole lot of information on them," Smail said. "Curiosity made me want to look into it."

Smail did this and tried to piece together how those in the furnaces and mining worked, how they were run and who ran them.

"I thought that it would be nice for the families of the Cove to know where the...

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