The Furnace Grove Historic District, located on the north side of Woodford Road (Vermont Route 9) in the eastern part of the Town of Bennington in Bennington County, Vermont, shows evidence of its early 19th century history as an iron processing facility and its late 19th century use as a gentlemans farm and summer home. Furnace Grove consists of approximately 102 acres and contains 18 contributing buildings, 3 contributing sites and 3 contributing structures. Located between the Roaring Branch River and a steep rise at the base of Vermonts Green Mountains, Furnace Grove has significant remains of two 1820s iron furnaces and the canal system that powered them, the site of a third smelting furnace, and several original ore beds. The spaciously placed buildings of Furnace Grove are Federal, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival style residences surrounded by vernacular 19th century barns and outbuildings. Furnace Grove also shows evidence of the path of the Bennington-Glastenbury Railroad that once ran across the property. Aside from minor additions, Furnace Grove has changed very little since 1910. This property retains its integrity of design, setting, feeling and association.
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