The Madison Historical Society has raised $6250 through three Wreath Sales and House Tours to fund the renovation of the small brick building at 105 Ridgedale Ave. known as the Luke Miller Forge.
The 1960s apartment interior will be removed under the supervision of Carmine Toto, local builder and historian, and in its place will be a brick floor and white board walls. This has been designed after the forge at Williamsburg, Virginia. The building itself is not a forge having no fire place, chimney or large door. However, after three archaeological studies, 1300 blacksmith-related artifacts were found and also an old foundation which is thought to be from the original forge. After renovations are complete next summer, the building will be used to house blacksmith-related exhibits and programs open to the public.