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Charming Forge
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created by Anonymous on 8/5/2005 3:00 AM
last modified by Anonymous on 3/2/2006 11:24 PM
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
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Charming Forge Rd
Charming Forge, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Unknown
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    The Charming forge is situated on the southeastern border of Tulpehocken
    Township, on the Tulpehocken Creek, several miles north of Womelsdorf. It
    was erected by John George Nikoll, a hammersmith, and Michael Miller, in
    1749. Then, in pursuance of an agreement entered into shortly before, they,
    "at their joint expense, erected an Iron work or Forge and Dam, and dug a
    Race or water course and made other great improvements for the commencing of
    forging and the manufacturing of iron." After passing through several
    parties Henry William Stiegel was the owner in 1763. It was then known as
    the "Tulpehocken" forge. Then he sold an undivided half part of the forge
    property and of 859 acres of land to Charles Stedman and Alexander Stedman,
    merchants, of Philadelphia. By 1770 the quantity of land used in connection
    with the forge had increased beyond 3700 acres. In this year Charles Stedman
    bought his brother's interest in the forge property at sheriff's sale. In
    the sheriff's deed-poll to him the forge is called for the first time, in
    the title, "Charming Forge." It had been so known and commonly called for
    some years previously. Its name arose from the picturesque, charming
    locality. In 1773 the sheriff of the county sold Stiegel's undivided half
    interest in the forge property (then comprising 1291 acres) to Paul
    Zensinger, merchant, of Lancaster, for £1660. Zensinger, on the same day that he obtained the sheriff's deed-poll for the
    property, (9 February, 1774,) conveyed his interest to George Ege,
    iron-master, of York County, for £838 14s. 9d. Nine years afterward Ege
    bought Stedman's interest in the property for £1563 13s. 6d. From this time
    onward for nearly fifty years Mr. Ege was very prominently identified with
    the industrial life of Berks County. From 1791 to 1818 be was an associate
    judge. In 1804 be built and operated the "Schuylkill Forge," which was
    situated on the Little Schuylkill (Tamaqua Creek) a short distance north of
    Port Clinton. At this time he was doubtless the largest land holder in the
    county. His possessions then were: Charming Forge, with 4000 acres; Reading
    Furnace, with 6000 acres; Schuylkill Forge, with 6000 acres; also four large
    and valuable farms, situated in Heidelberg and Tulpehocken Townships,
    comprising together nearly a thousand acres, and known in the vicinity as
    the "Spring," "Sheaff," "Leiss," and "Richard" farms. In 1824 be was forced
    to make an assignment. His debts and expenses exceeded $300,000. But his
    estate proved entirely solvent. Through the prudent management of his
    estate, for a period covering fifteen years, by his acting assignee, Andrew
    Taylor, all the debts were satisfied, and a balance was left for
    distribution to his heirs. He died in December, 1830.

    This forge property then gassed through a number of parties until 1855, when
    it became vested in Andrew Taylor and his two sons, William and B. Franklin.
    In 1866 Mr. Taylor died, and his interest passed to the sons named by
    devise. They have since held and operated the forge. They own in connection
    with the forge about 3600 acres of land. Five-sixths of this large quantity
    lie in the Blue Mountain range. The land extends from "Round-Head"
    eastwardly, in an unbroken tract for seven miles.

    In 1777 Ege improved the property at the forge by the erection of a large,
    commodious, and conveniently arranged cut-stone, two-story mansion house. It
    is still standing, in fine order.

    About this time he hired from the Government thirty-four

    Page 70 Early Furnaces and Forges of Berks County, Penna.

    Hessian prisoners, for the purpose of butting a channel from twelve to
    fifteen feet deep, and two hundred and fifty feet long, through a bed of
    limestone in order to supply with water-power a "slitting mill" which he had
    erected. The channel is still used. November 5, 1782, he allowed the United
    States Government £1020 for their services.

    In 1780 he owned ten slaves, seven males and three females: certified of
    record in the prothonotary's office of the county.

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