Wild apple trees blooming in the woods.
Both lakes were created as part of the Pine Grove Furnace operation, but their uses diversified over the years until near the end the two train track spurs that ran into the furnace also brought trainloads of people from as far away as Philadelphia and Baltimore to enjoy the recreational facilities they had built around the lakes. These included fishing, swimming on the Fuller Lake beach, boarding houses for longer stays, and even rental log cabins, many of which still stand as private homes and cottages.
Pine Grove's blast furnace was filled with alternate layers of charcoal,
iron ore, and limestone. Forced air would elevate temperatures to between
2,600 and 3,000 deg. F. Molten iron would settle to the bottom.
Mouth of the furnace. Slag would be raked from the upper doors, and
iron would run from the bottom into forms for iron pigs.
Iron Master's Mansion, now a youth hostel on Appalachian Trail.
Jane Ege, born two years before our Declaration of Independence,
resting near the lake since 20 years before the Civil War.