We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Intriguing

When driving by, this furnace pops up out of nowhere. Take the time to read its fascinating... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
NHjo
,
Rye, New Hampshire
Unique View of an Iron Furnace

It truly was a beautiful sight to see a beautifully restored iron furnace. Although there was a... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Carol R
Read all 22 reviews
29
All photos (29)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good60%
  • Average22%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
2 Oct 2018
“Intriguing”
28 Aug 2018
“Unique View of an Iron Furnace”
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
-2°
-13°
Dec
-6°
-17°
Jan
-3°
-17°
Feb
Contact
421 Main St, Franconia, NH 03580-4833
Website
Improve This Listing
Reviews (22)
Filter reviews
22 results
Traveller rating
4
13
5
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
4
13
5
0
0
See what travellers are saying:
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 22 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2018

When driving by, this furnace pops up out of nowhere. Take the time to read its fascinating history. It's a beautiful iron furnace by the Gale River.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NHjo
Reviewed 29 August 2018

It truly was a beautiful sight to see a beautifully restored iron furnace. Although there was a unique iron bridge near the interpretive center, it would have been better if there had been a way to get a closer view of the furnace for we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carol R
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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Robby G C
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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank nhironchef
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank acopeland2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Sue R
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank larryrneal2016
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.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank nh681
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.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank BeBe_Bon
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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Kay J
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 nearby hotels
Best Western White Mountain Inn
686 reviews
.36 km away
Hillwinds Lodge
194 reviews
.46 km away
Cannon Mountain View Motel
27 reviews
.94 km away
Gale River Motel and Cottages
281 reviews
1.21 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 15 nearby restaurants
Chef Joe's Catering
23 reviews
.77 km away
Sugar Hill Inn
81 reviews
1.48 km away
Plain Kates Riverside Saloon
17 reviews
.94 km away
Dutch Treat Restaurant
200 reviews
.30 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 18 nearby attractions
Harman's Cheese & Country Store
84 reviews
4.49 km away
Franconia Notch State Park
599 reviews
7.29 km away
Colonial Theatre
50 reviews
7.36 km away
Sugar Hill Sampler
55 reviews
3.60 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Besaw Iron Furnace Interpretive Center staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines