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Besaw Iron Furnace Interpretive Center

421 Main St, Franconia, NH 03580-4833
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The famous Franconia stoves

This was more a history lesson and it was quite interesting. The metal bridge still survived... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2017
Robby G C
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Toronto, Canada
Interesting

I used to live right acroos the street from this place. It looks pretty cool. There are some... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
nhironchef
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Franconia, New Hampshire
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20 Nov 2017
“The famous Franconia stoves”
13 Oct 2017
“Huge Iron Furnace”
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421 Main St, Franconia, NH 03580-4833
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

This was more a history lesson and it was quite interesting. The metal bridge still survived. However, no one could go on the other side of the river, where the port-revolutionary furnace for smelting local iron core is located. They are the ones who made...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

I used to live right acroos the street from this place. It looks pretty cool. There are some artifacts located on the wall inside a case of a little shed across the river. It is an interesting piece of history

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

My husband found this extremely interesting. Very good photo ops. There could be better parking. Lots of information available on site.

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

The Iron Furnace is huge but it originally have a building around it. It was built in the early 1800's and shut down during the Civil War when furnaces were built in Pennsylvania, closer to the population.

Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

The soul remaining iron furnace in the area. It is an interpretive center and someone has built a bridge to the furnace so you can get up and personal with it. A good place to stop for a short break.

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is a great place for lunch, or just to relax. There are picnic tables, and it's nice to sit back and listen to the river, or watch the river from the bridge.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

We happened upon this landmark (see photo description). Unfortunately, we couldn't get closer than across the stream from it, but the photo opportunity is there ! Worth the stop.

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Reviewed 11 October 2016

The octagonal-shaped iron furnace sits impressively on the banks of the Gale River; you can't miss it if you are driving through town. This quick and easy stop offers a glimpse into the region's history. Iron ore was mined a few miles to the southwest...More

Thank Kay J
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

The furnace is on private property, so you can't actually visit. You can stay in the designated pull-out area and take pictures, and read the informative plaques. There is a small interpretive center, but its off-season hours seem a bit sketchy.

Thank David Z
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

We saw this on our way through Franconia and pulled over. No one was there and we enjoyed reading about the history of the furnace. The new owner has restored it, but you can only view it across the river....not get up close. She has...More

Thank EthelSue
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