Richmond Furnace Historical and Archeological District

State, Cone Hill, and Furnace Rds., Richmond, Massachusetts

One of the many blast furnaces of the tri-state Salisbury Iron District. , in Richmond


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Photo taken by Chester Gehman 05/03/1981




The Richmond Furnace, built in 1829, was one of the most important iron producers in the Salisbury Iron District. When it went out of blast in 1923, it was the last active furnace in the area, and had produced iron for ninety-four years. The site dates back to 1763, when a gristmill and sawmill were built here.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 31, 1999
Reference number
Architectural styles
Federal; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Italianate
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Architecture; Engineering; Industry
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Extractive facility; Processing site
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1763; 1829; 1905
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 28
Contributing structures: 6
Contributing sites: 112
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 35
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected pin location
  • May 31, 2015: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added overview and description
  • May 31, 2015: New photos from Chester Gehman