Cumberland Furnace is situated in Dickson County, Tennessee, and was named after an iron furnace was established in the area in 1793. Cumberland Furnace was the first iron ore villages in middle Tennessee and had the proud distinction of manufacturing cannonballs for the War of 1812. A stay in a Cumberland Furnace Inn will allow you to visit some or all of more than 20 historic buildings in the immediate vicinity. Here are four of the most popular landmarks in Cumberland Furnace, and with a choice of many more to choose from, be sure to give yourself enough time to visit those you really want to see.
Cumberland Furnace Historical Village
Cumberland Furnace, TN 37051
This is the perfect starting off point to give you a taste of just how much history you will find in Cumberland Furnace Historic District. The centuries-old historical village was constructed around the now famous Cumberland iron furnace. In addition to supplying the army with cannonballs, the locals also provided gunpowder and whiskey. While you are in the Cumberland Furnace Historical Village, don't forget to pick up an informative brochure that provides detailed information on all of the historic buildings and sites in the area.
1044 Old Highway 48 North
Cumberland Furnace, TN 37051
Locals call this house "Dickson County's Historical Jewel," and for good reason. This magnificent residence is only open to the public on a few days every year, so do your research and check out the dates when the mansion is open, if you want to see the beautifully designed and maintained interior. Drouillard House was built in 1868 and was lovingly and faithfully restored to its original glory in 1997. The house is also used as an upscale conference venue.
St. James Episcopal Church
Off TN 48
Cumberland Furnace, TN
While you are in Cumberland Furnace Historic District, it is well worth taking a look at this historic church which dates back to 1879. The stunning architecture is the work of Drouillard Florence Kirkman, who also designed Drouillard House, which was named after him. The beautiful St. James Episcopal Church sits on three acres of prime countryside.
Cumberland Village Historic District
Cumberland Village, TN
Due to its historical and cultural importance, the postal address and telephone number of Upper Forge is restricted, and the best way to find this historical site is to ask for directions from your Cumberland Furnace Bed and Breakfast. Once you find it, you will discover how valuable a historical role Upper Forge played between 1825, when it was built, until 1849, after which it was used less regularly. In 1988 it was added to the National Register of Historical places as a recognized site of historical interest. Today Upper Forge is privately owned, extremely well maintained and is a must-see when visiting the Cumberland Furnace Historic District.