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Norton Furnace, Massachusetts
Ghost town
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol
Elevation 66 ft (20 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 606288

Norton Furnace is a ghost town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The settlement was located approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Norton.

The general area where Norton Furnace was located is today known as "Meadowbrook".


A furnace for manufacturing iron was established here in 1825 by Annes A. Lincoln, Jr. By 1837, it employed 25 people.

The early settlement was known as "Norton Furnace", "Copperworks Village", and "Norton Mills".

By 1850, the settlement had 25 houses and a store.

Two companies located there—Norton Copper Works, and the Norton Furnace Company—remained active until the 1890s, after which the Norton Copper Works moved to Worcester and the Norton Furnace Company moved to near Boston.

A branch of the Old Colony Railroad ran through the settlement, and by 1871 a station was located there.

A post office was located there as early as 1899. The "Meadowbrook Post Office" was located there from 1902 to 1912.

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