Philadelphia, PA - If you're ever in Venango County, Pennsylvania, you've probably considered exploring the Rockland Tunnel. This underground railroad is just a few steps from the parking area. The tunnel is nearly three miles long, so be sure to bring a bright light with you. You can also Visit Freedom Falls nearby. The Rockland Furnace is another historical site you can explore in this area.
Rockland Tunnel in Venango County
This underground railroad was once a small village in the first half of the 19th century, and there was a grist mill and an iron furnace here. Andrew McCaslin, who later became the Sheriff of Venango County, began building the furnace in 1832 and by 1837, had about 40 people working for him. In 1837, the iron furnace was a great success, and McCaslin was able to hire up to 40 workers. The furnace was so popular that he loaded a barge with pig iron for export to other cities.
Besides the Rockland Tunnel, the area also has several other attractions worth visiting. Freedom Falls is a beautiful year-round attraction, and photographers are drawn to it. Freedom Falls is also home to an ancient iron furnace relic, Rockland Furnace. The Falls can be found at 41deg 14'39" N, 79deg 44'48" W. The Rockland Furnace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and visitors can explore the ruins from the top of a rock face.