While hiking with my son last spring, down in Kentucky, we had a chance to take a visit to peaceful Hematite Lake and check out the ruins from an early 19th century iron ore mill. If you missed part3 of our trip to LBL, we visited a revived 1800s era homestead and unintendedly crashed a wedding.
Hematite Lake is within The Land Between the Lakes, which is uninhabited by people. To say this area is peaceful in an understatement. It was so amazingly quiet and lovely. Quite honestly not what I’m used to living in the suburbs of Chicago.
To access some of the trails, you have to cross this looks-like-it’s-floating stone path. The water’s not very deep at this spot, but it was still mind over matter when attempting to go across.
Watch your step. Whoa!!
Before we actually took the hike, we stopped off at the old Empire Iron Works sight. In 1843, Dr Thomas Tennessee Watson started up the Empire Iron Works, took up residence here, only to die in this location three years later.
More information on Dr Watson, here.
During the early 1800s, this location looked something like this model which is on display at the LBL visitors center.
This large structure at the sight of the ruins, was at one time part of the basement in the original building (shown in the model above). I’m not sure where the other parts of the building ended up.
The Center Furnace was used to burn coal for the mining of iron ore, a popular pre-Civil War industry in this part of the U.S.A.
You can read more about the Center Furnace here.
Have an awesome weekend ~ Amy
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