The Tannehill Ironworks is a state historic site located in McCalla, Alabama. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tannehill was a major supplier of iron for Confederate ordnance. Located on the 2,063 acre park are several historical structures including the John Wesley Hall Grist Mill, May Plantation Cotton Gin House, and the Tannehill Furnace. Iron work began on the site in 1830. By 1862, the three charcoal blast furnaces were producing 22 tons of pig iron a day. An experiment conducted at Tannehill in 1862 proved red iron ore could successfully be used in Alabama blast furnaces. Today, Tannehill offers both modern and primitive camping, hiking, biking and fishing. Take a ride on the miniature railroad or have a conversation with one of the many artisans performing crafts in the pioneer cabins. Stop by the Iron and Steel Museum to learn more about Alabama’s iron industry and the massive stone furnaces that are a centerpiece for the park. Visit the Sweet Shoppe for ice cream or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy underneath the pine trees at one of the parks many picnic tables. Tannehill offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Admission is charged, so check out their website for more information.