Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

McCalla, Alabama 35111

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

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"With its mix of history and nature, Tannehill is a great place for a quick getaway. This loop begins at the Alabama Museum of Iron and Steel and proceeds to the historic furnace site. It then wanders the woods along historic pathways, with stops at the intersection of three counties, a slave cemetery, and a replica of a 19th-century gristmill.

Some weekends you really can still hear the blacksmith’s hammer ringing at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, the birthplace of the iron-and-steel industry in Greater Birmingham. The centerpiece of the park is a massive restored furnace where pig iron was produced for the Confederacy until Union soldiers swept through and destroyed it in 1865. Earlier ironworking history on the site traces back to the 1830s. The park also hosts a collection of 19th-century buildings, from cabins to cotton gins, brought here from all over central Alabama."

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"Follow this loop trail through Tannehill Historical State Park and travel back to the iron age of the Birmingham area. As you wander through the mixed hardwood forest, you will have a chance to see the lovingly restored furnace and the blue-green waters of Roupes Creek, which once powered the foundry. The trail also uses an old stagecoach road that was heavily traveled in the mid-1800s, and you can pay your respects to those who are interred at the Slave Cemetery."
"The ironworks at Tannehill produced many iron implements used by the Confederate army during the Civil War. The ironworks, which were restored to working condition in 1976, are today the centerpiece of Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The Tannehill Historical Trail travels around the buildings of the ironworks and its furnace. Heading into the woods, the trail encounters the rolling blue-green waters of Roupes Creek and the ruins of the homes of slaves who worked at the ironworks. Trail Surface: Packed clay and dirt."

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450 feet
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2.5 hours
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