Sunday, March 18, 2018

From Forest, To Iron Works, And Back Again: The Copake Iron Works Story

Copake Iron Works

On Sunday, March 18, at 2 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society and the Friends of Taconic State Park are hosting an illustrated presentation about the historic Copake Iron Works in Copake Falls. Historian Jim Mackin will share the fascinating history of the Iron Works and the first public showing of the 10-minute film “From Forest, To Iron Works, And Back Again: The Copake Iron Works Story.”

“The Copake Iron Works is a one-of-a-kind historical site,” says Jim Mackin. “It’s a uniquely American place that fascinates, educates, and tells a powerful story about the way the Industrial Revolution collided with Columbia County.”

The Copake Iron Works is a national historic district nestled in the Taconic State Park. It includes 11 contributing buildings, three contributing sites, and eight contributing structures. They are associated with the remaining vestiges of the Copake Iron Works, an iron extraction and production operation established in the mid-19th century. The site includes the remains of a rare charcoal blast furnace (ca. 1872), frame office and attached brick powder storage building, brick engine house and pattern shop, four frame workers houses, and a substantial Greek Revival dwelling. Also included in the district are a series of retaining walls, remnants of a cast-iron penstock, and a bridge abutment.

Founded in 1974, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society serves the Towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale and Taghkanic. Through publication, ongoing research, a speaker series, and a multimedia archive, the Society documents and conserves local history – too easily lost. Its mission is to bring recognition to the stories, skills, and traditions of local folks, past and present.

The presentation is at the Roeliff Jansen Museum in Copake Falls, a short distance off NY Route 22 at Route 344 and Miles Road in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.