Shelby Iron Works

Shelby, Alabama

 
 

 

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June 2012 Newslette

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Posted: 06/01/2012  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

FIRST ANNUAL CAR SHOW - The day was warm and sunny - the gathering of antique cars and trucks were on display in the shade of the many trees at the Iron Park. What a display it was.  The central portion of the Park was filled with antique vehicles to be oohed and aahed over. Some were driven by local folks and others came from all over the State of Alabama.  Music from the bandstand was provided by the group, “Last Chance”. Food was served in the new building - this was the first time to try out the new kitchen/dining room.  (of course - the modern restrooms were appreciated). The Company Store was open with its usual array of cakes, cookies, syrup, t-shirts and——- . Toward the end of the day plaques were awarded and door prizes given away. All-in-all it was...
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April 2012 Newsletter

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Posted: 04/01/2012  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

Shelby Iron Works receives gift of 12+ acres of historical property.

Buchanan Forest Management and Mr. Edmond “Bucky” Henson have generously conveyed this important property to Historic Shelby Association. To quote Hylott Armstrong, “I would rank the acquisition of this real property by the Association as being among the most important (if not in fact “the” most important) events that have occurred since the Association was organized. And the importance is rooted in the fact that within the bounds of this property is the remains of a very significant portion of the facilities that were operated by Shelby Iron Company, namely the furnaces and the Shelby Chemical Company building (known locally as “the Old Chemical Plant”) and the Retort facility. In short, this is the property where Shelby Iron Company produced the iron that was significantly instrumental in arming the Confederacy during the Civil War”.

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December 2011 Newsletter

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Posted: 12/01/2011  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

MERRY CHRISTMAS The October festival is now a memory - Saturday was a beautiful day and Sunday a mite cooler with misty rain to start the day. Attendance, especially on Saturday was very good. The kitchen was busy much of the time and goodies were available at the country store. Boiled peanuts were a popular item and in-fact, we sold out. Music resonated from the stage and visitors had a chance to look over the new building. The new restrooms were, I think, a WOW factor and appreciated. Across the road there was a nice gathering of Olde cars and tractors. The blacksmiths were busy as were the sawyers at the saw mill. Perhaps the most activity was at the syrup cooking shed. Cane was being squeezed and the juice was being cooked into syrup with great volumes of steam rising from the pan. We made a...
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October 2011 Newsletter

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Posted: 10/01/2011  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

ANNUAL DUES ARE DUE. Shelby Iron Works Dues Year runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following year – accordingly 2011/2012 Dues are due. The Board of Directors has recently set the annual dues at $20.00 for an individual member or $30.00 for a family membership (husband and wife). We look forward to your support as members of Historic Shelby Association (Shelby Iron Works).  Your dues help keep history alive so others may know what once happened here. Because of the historical significance of Shelby Iron Works we have members from Florida to Washington D.C. and beyond.

Please return the form on the reverse side along with your dues and/or donations.

Work continues on the new building, which as previously stated, is being regarded as more than a kitchen. An all volunteer crew has been working two or three days a week - so...
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August 2011 Newsletter

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Posted: 08/01/2011  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

Progress continues on the new building which we have so far referred to as the new kitchen, however, it is increasingly being regarded as much more. The layout includes a 30 x30 “Big Room” – an Ample Kitchen – Roomy Modern Restrooms – AND, A Large Covered Porch across the front and down one side. Anticipated uses of the “Big Room” include, but are not limited to, meeting room for the Historic Association and auxiliary groups – classroom for visiting field trip groups – viewing facility for our historic DVD and as an adjunct museum with its climate controlled atmosphere. Wall spaces and secure showcases could enhance our mission to collect – preserve and display historically significant relics of what once happened here.

Some names being proposed for the building are:    “Ware House” (in memory of the Iron Works founder, Horace Ware) “Company Meeting Room” or simply “Meeting Room” Other names with...
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June 2011 Newsletter

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Posted: 06/01/2011  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

Perhaps the biggest news at The Iron Works continues to be the new kitchen building and the progress being made. The electrical work continues as does the installation of sawn 1x12 board and batten siding. This siding was chosen in keeping with our “Statement of Mission” which requires - “to be built as nearly as possible to their original appearance”. So far – all construction has been by volunteer labor. We are fortunate to have capable and dedicated members and generous friends from the community who are responsible for all the work.

The picture on the left shows a busy work crew applying sheathing – trying to get the building under roof and in the dry – on the right, as it looks today with metal roofing; windows and doors are in. Note the large covered porch across the front and down one side. Even though we have lots of...
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April 2011 Newsletter

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Posted: 04/01/2011  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

With the arrival of Spring our attention is drawn to the progress being made on the building of the new kitchen. Shelby County is helping with some funding with the understanding we provide the labor. A dedicated group of our members and scores of community friends are making this happen. A concrete slab was poured, walls and roof trusses erected, metal roofing put on and donated exterior 1x12 pine siding applied. Exterior doors are hung as is the imposing front door – locally made by a member, made partially of circa 1850 pine salvaged from an old community home. This new building will replace the small kitchen we have struggled with for years. There will be a good size dining room, nice kitchen with serving windows, modern restrooms and a front and side porch under roof. It is anticipated the dining room will also serve as a spacious meeting room with...
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