Ontario's Historical Plaques 


Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques


2004 - Now in our 13th Year - 2017


 To see what's new on this site, you can visit the Home Page 


Looking at this page on a smartphone?
For best viewing, hold your phone
in Landscape mode (Horizontal)



Marmora Ironworks 1823

Marmora Ironworks 1823

Photo by contributor Steven Smellie - Posted November, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The Municipality of Marmora and Lake
In Marmora, in a park, at Cameron Street and Highway 7
in the west part of town [Note: a visitor to my site,
Candy Carrothers, informed me on August 22, 2017 that
this plaque is missing.]


Coordinates: N 44 28.957 W 77 41.043

Map

Plaque Text

In 1821 an Irish immigrant, Charles Hayes, began building here one of the province's earliest smelters and foundries, which by June, 1823, was ready to produce pig iron from ore mined near present-day Blairton. Economic difficulties and transport problems soon ended Hayes' venture, but his principal creditor, the Hon. Peter McGill, continued operating it until 1826. In 1837 the government rejected a proposal to use convict labour for the works. Joseph Van Norman's attempt in 1848 to revive the enterprise was frustrated by cheaper British iron brought up the newly-completed St. Lawrence canal system. The works fell into ruin although mining was resumed, 1866-73, the ore being taken to Cleveland and Pittsburgh for smelting.

Related Ontario plaques
Normandale Blast Furnace
The Construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway

More
Information

More
Industry




Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

(none yet)




Here's where you can sent me a comment for this page.

Note: Your email address will be posted at the end of your comment so others can respond to you unless you request otherwise.

Note: Comments are moderated. Yours will appear on this page within 24 hours (usually much sooner).

Note: As soon as I have posted your comment, a reply to your email will be sent informing you.

To send me your comment, click alanlangfordbrown@gmail.com.

Thanks
Alan L Brown
Webmaster

Note: If you wish to send me a personal email, click here.