Children Find What Was Believed 
to Be Swift s Smelting Plant
By Ira Haney

       Related to James Taylor Adams on September 24, 1941. "William Solomon Haney,
  related the same story to me about ten years ago and has repeated it to me since. JTA." The
  WPA Papers, The Alderman Library, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

       My father used to tell about the time he and his sister, my aunt Lizzie Vaughn, were
  out playing one day near where Walter Beverly lives now. This is about a quarter of a mile out
  on the Hurricane road. He said they were out in a patch of woods in a limestone ledge when
  they come on two crucibles, whatever that is. I now he described them as being something
  like a pot or crock, and that they were made of clay. They were between rocks set up in a V-
  shaped way or furnace. They were shaped like a churn and about fifteen inches across the top
  and each held about a half a bushel. They had been moulded and glazed just like a churn but
  as slick as glass. One had a lip like a pitcher and both had round bottoms to fit down in the
  furnace holes. Hundreds of people went to see them and broke them up and carried away the
  pieces. Just under the cliff where they found these things there is a room that looks like 'hit
  has been hewed out in the stone by someone. Father said that old Raymond Riggle told him
  that he knew where there were fifteen or twenty more vessels just like the two he found,
  but he would not tell where they were, but I guess they were on White Oak Branch or in the
  Nettle Patch. Old Riggle lived on White Oak Branch. 

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