With the colder days of winter passing by, and Spring weather rolling in, Shelby Iron Works is abuzz with activity! Already this year, the Historic Shelby Association has been renovating and expanding for the upcoming festivals, and also for the park’s future. Over the past few weekends, volunteers have been working on the syrup mill pavilion, a new furnace pavilion, as well as brand new renovations on a future Industry Museum and Education Classroom.
Using lumber that association members milled themselves, they expanded a new wing on the syrup mill pavillion, giving them a place to keep wood for the furnace out of the rain, as well as provide shade for park visitors who eagerly watch the fall ritual of boiling the syrup in the evaporator pan.
The park also now has a new pavilion which will house a demonstration furnace, where basic refining and mold making will be demonstrated. Work on the furnace area will continue throughout the summer, but already the parts are being assembled. At the parks Spring Festival on Saturday, May 16th there will be a refining exhibit set up for visitors to learn about the process and see the ongoing project.
The association is also starting work on two brand new projects that will both preserve history and present it to young people. In the building next to the syrup mill, work has already started on the Industrial Museum. This will house larger pieces of machinery from days gone by, that were similar to machines and tools used in the area at the height of its industrial boom.
In the center of the building will be a spacious educational classroom where school groups and private groups will be hosted. Educational and history presentations will also be prepared and given here. This building will complement the Ironworks Museum, which was completely renovated last Fall, in providing a sit-down environment for learning about our rich local heritage.
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