Revealed! You never know what you might find ! This is Catherine furnace, one of many iron ore furnaces in Virginia. The first time I saw a furnace I thought it was a Mayan temple. The stone work on the furnaces is incredible and looking closer you can see the way each and every stone contributes to the strenght of the building.
I loved the lichens that had overrun the darker corners. When I happened to look up at the iron supporting beam, I was suprised.
There , long ago when the beam was cast in sand, someone had put their handprint in the sand before the pig iron was poured. It remains there today, a silent reminder.