the main attraction of tannehill historical state park is the roupes iron foundry. in 1830 daniel hillman discovered a rich deposit of brown iron ore near roupes creek. hillman built a forge on roupes creek and produced iron until his death in 1832. ninian tannehill took over the operation and between 1859 and 1863 built the massive furnace that you see today. during the civil war the foundry produced 22 tons of iron for the confederacy each day. in march 1865 union general james h. wilson attacked the foundry and destroyed it's production capacity.
roupes creek runs through the center of tannehill historic state park. you can swim and fish at roupes creek. a nice place to cool off on a hot summer day.
at tannehill state park there are a collection of 19 th century farm buildings that you can tour. there is a working blacksmith shop were you can see how farm tools were made in the 1800's.