SANFORD, N.C. (AP) -- Restoration work is set to begin on the Endor Iron Furnace that helped supply munitions for the Confederacy.

The News and Observer reports ( ) that the property's owner, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, is finalizing an agreement with the Triangle Land Conservancy allowing restoration to start.

Laborers at the plant turned iron ore, limestone and charcoal into pig iron that was shipped to Fayetteville to be refined into nails, rails, cannonballs and guns. The operation shut down shortly after the Civil War.

Preservation work will start with volunteers locating, identifying, inspecting, measuring and cataloguing scores of stones that have become dislodged from the Lee County relic.

Reconstructing the smelter and turning it into the centerpiece of a 400-plus recreation area is expected to cost more than $1 million.

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