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“An Iron Will” Festival – The 200th Anniversary Commencement Of The Newlee Iron Furnace

“An Iron Will” Festival – The 200th Anniversary Commencement of The Newlee Iron Furnace

The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park invites you to attend “An Iron Will” festival this weekend. You will take a step back in time to a fascinating chapter of the area’s rich history. In 1819, an Iron Furnace was built below what is known as the Gap Cave, utilizing its operation of the stream from the cave.

This joyous family friendly event is being held in the town of Cumberland Gap in Tennessee. The celebration welds together the park, town, area residents and visitors who want to embellish the history, discovery and fun. The weekend celebration will also be couple with the town’s hosting of its annual “Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days.”

Experience a live modern iron pour and a charcoal making demonstration; cast iron pattern making; performances by historical re-enactor Elizabeth Lawson, who portrays an enslaved African American in a world of iron and Civil War; and the opportunity to meet iron furnace owner “John Newlee” and “Dr. Morrison,” physician for the workers of the iron furnace.

The kids can engage in a scavenger hunt and help “Skillet the Pig” find the truth about pig iron. The scavenger hunt workbook can be picked up at Welcome Tables located at either end of Colwyn Avenue, the main street in Cumberland Gap. For a small fee, visitors will be able to make their own iron creation.


We hope to see you at “An Iron Will”

Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic town of Cumberland Gap, TN; exit into the town from Hwy 58 in VA

Free admission



For more information, call Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at 606-248-2817 or



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