Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area
Location Name: Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (Lawrence County, Ohio)
Location Type: Park (National Recreation Area)
Year Opened: Vesuvius Furnace 1833; Lake created 1939
The Vesuvius Iron Furnace is one of 46 charcoal iron furnaces in the six county Hanging Rock Iron Region of southern Ohio. Built in 1833, the Vesuvius Furnace employed about 100 men and produced between eight and twelve tons of pig iron each day until its closure in 1906. The Furnace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 to recognize the importance of the region’s iron production in the industrialization of the nineteenth century. A roof was added to the structure to prevent the stonework from further water damage.
Adjacent to the Vesuvius Furnace, the dam along Storms Creek was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939 in order to create Lake Vesuvius. This dam is unusual in that it was not built for flood control purposes, but for the creation of a recreational lake. Centered around the manmade Lake Vesuvius, the recreation area is Wayne National Forest’s premier developed site. At 143 acres, this site is a major attraction for vacationers and locals who wish to take advantage of the activities the lake and the park have to offer.Sources