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About PA Furnace

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PA Furnace is a populated rural area close to the center of Pennsylvania between Centre and Huntingdon county. In the early 1800's, John Lyon and two associates purchased iron-ore properties and developed the most reputable charcoal furnaces in the state, producing iron of unsurpassable quality. For more than a century, the area played a critical role in the ironmaking industry, contributing to making Pennsylvania the ironmaking center of America during industrialization.

Fairbrook Manor, located in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA, was built in 1834 by the Iron-Master, John Lyon. Called "The Cedars" in his time, it is located next to a spring which continues to fill Spruce Creek. Also located in PA Furnace is the 29-acre Fairbrook Park, offering some of the best views of Ferguson Township. In the park, you'll find a baseball field, soccer fields, playgrounds, grills, and pavilions. Surrounding the park is a path that offers scenic views of farmland and the surrounding areas as well as walks through wooded areas.

Also of note in PA Furnace is the Rock Springs Research Farm, part of the College of Agricultural Science at Penn State, and the annual agricultural exposition called Ag Progress Days. The show is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor show of its kind and is held at the Research Farms, with close to 500 exhibitors from 34 states and 4 provinces of Canada.