Transcript: Meadowcroft – A blacksmith’s role [VIDEO]

The role of a blacksmith and what we’re trying to represent here didn’t really change a whole lot for a couple hundred years, up until about the middle of the 1800s when factories started producing a lot of equipment, and then the role of the blacksmith really started changing more from a manufacturer to a repair guy.

By the end of the 1800s, really, a blacksmith was kind of only really a forgotten repair man and that’s all he did.

Foundries started turning out a lot more cast-iron goods so they kind of replaced what a blacksmith would do.

But early on especially the role of the blacksmith was an extremely important part of the community.