The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Coventry Steel Furnace — 1730s
Site Name: Coventry Steel Furnace

Location: Coventry, Chester County

Dates of Operation: 1730s 

Owners: Samuel Nutt and William Branson

Historical Significance: Coventry Steel Furnace was the first steel furnace built in Pennsylvania. Its history is mostly unknown, but documentation proves that it existed sometime during the 1730s. The site probably made blister steel, an early form of steel that was manufactured into tools.