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Home > Visit a Gateway > Nassawango Creek Preserve - Furnace Town
Nassawango Creek Preserve - Furnace Town - Snow Hill, MD
Nassawango Creek Preserve - Furnace Town
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Nassawango Creek is one of Maryland's most pristine waterways. Along its banks lie majestic bald cypress swamps and upland forests, making Nassawango one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the state. The preserve is home to an abundant diversity of life, including many species of orchids, warblers, and other plants and animals. An onsite visitor center and the Paul Leifer Trail provide additional ways to explore Nassawango's treasures.

Inside the visitor center, you can also find information about visiting Furnace Town, an historic village sitting alongside the preserve boundary. From 1828 to 1850, the Nassawango Iron Furnace was in its heyday. Hundreds of people -- miners, sawyers and colliers, molders and firemen, carters, draymen and bargemen -- were engaged in gathering iron ore from the nearby bogs, smelting it day and night in the furnace, and loading cooled pig iron bars into barges to be floated down Nassawango Creek to the Pocomoke River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Hours: The preserve is open year round for nature walks, birdwatching, and canoeing. Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum is open from April 1 to October 31 between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm, as is the Nassawango Preserve & Furnace Town Visitor Center. The Furnace Town business office may be reached year-round.
Fees: Admission to the visitor center is free. To access Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum or the Preserve's Paul Leifer Trail in season, Nature Conservancy Members, or member of Furnace Town Foundation, may present their valid TNC membership card for free admission. For nonmembers (or those without their card), there is a $4.00 entry fee for adults / $3.50 for adults over 60 / $2.00 for children 18 months through 18 years.Visitor Center is open from April 1 to October 31 between the hours of 10AM and 5PM.
For more information about Nassawango Creek Preserve - Furnace Town call (410) 632-2032 or visit the following websites: http://nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/maryland/preserves/art141.html, http://www.furnacetown.com.

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