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The Copake Iron Works Historic District

The Copake Iron Works was established in 1845 along the Bash Bish Brook at the base of the Taconic Ridge. In 2007, the Iron Works site and 18 acres surrounding the area were listed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites. The Copake Iron Works Historic District comprises all of the buildings in the Iron Works area, the historic blast furnace, three workers’ houses, and the now-flooded ore pit, as well as the previously National Register-listed Church of St. John in the Wilderness. The public is welcome and urged to visit the Copake Iron Works Historic District.

A short history of the Ironworks is captured in this short podcast from Robin Hood Radio in nearby Sharon, CT, recorded by Matthew White of Hillsdale, who has a special interest in local history:

History Advisory Board

Eric Alberta, antiques expert and historian
New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Joshua Freeman, Professor of History, Queens College and the
Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Larry Gobrecht, Historian, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (retired), Chatham, NY

Valerie Hoyt, Head Librarian, Christie’s
New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Edgar M. Masters, Founding Member
Copake Falls, NY

Dale Peterson, AIA
New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Victor Rolando, Research Consultant, Industrial Archaelogy
Bennington, VT

Randy Stearns, MSNBC
New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Fred Sutherland, Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Archaeology and Heritage Management at Michigan Technological University, Altantic Mine, MI

Jennifer Tammi, Ph.D
New York, NY and Copake Falls, NY

Bibliography: Links to Historic Reports