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Site of Harris Scythe Works
Founded by John Harris about 1765. Operations ceased about 1864.
State Education Department – 1940
What was there
Harris Scythe Works, founded by John Harris, who used triphammers to forge iron scythes. The trip-hammer sounds were so prominent, the area became known as “Hammertown.”
What is there now
A roadside field and wooded area.
- The company produced about 18,000 scythes yearly.
- John Harris started out as a blacksmith, and learned how to make scythes from a mixed-race slave owned by his uncle.
- More about John Harris
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