A historic location. A chance to learn. And (perhaps most importantly) free food. If this all sounds appealing to you, consider attending the Cornwall Iron Furnace’s annual Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration.

The event, which has been going on for around 10 years, will be held at the Furnace on Saturday, September 21, from 11am to 3pm at no cost to visitors.

“It is a great way to teach about the history of the site, cast iron, and food,” said Historic Site Administrator Mike Emery.

Over the course of the event, six individuals will demonstrate how to cook various foods over an open fire with help from others.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample these foods, so bring your appetite. In past years, demonstrators have prepared chicken noodle soup, chili, fried chicken, baked breads and cakes, and more.

The Furnace served as an iron producer from 1742 until 1883 and is now “America’s most complete charcoal fueled ironmaking complex,” according to its website.

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Cornwall Iron Furnace. The Furnace is included in a National Historic Landmark District (National Park Service) and has been designated a National Historical Landmark (American Society of Metals) and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

Both the museum and gift shop at the Furnace will be open from 9am to 5pm on September 21. Certain cast iron accessories and cooking utensils in the gift shop will be on discount for visitors interested in trying out cast iron cooking for themselves.

Interested in supporting the preservation of the Furnace and its programs? Learn more about joining the Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace here.

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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