The expanded museum at the Copake Iron Works Engine House features hundreds of fascinating objects related to 19th century ironmaking. Included in the collection are tools, hardware and machinery as well dozens of wooden patterns used to cast iron objects such as plow parts, wagon wheels and other farm implements.
The expanded museum is open weekends from 2pm to 4pm from Memorial Day to mid-November and by appointment for special visitors and group tours (weather permitting as the space is unheated). Docents are always on hand to offer tours, answer questions and provide interesting history.
The diorama room(top of page) in the Engine House (above) features an extraordinary three-dimensional replica of the entire village of Copake Iron Works (as Copake Falls was known in the 19th century) circa 1870. Interpretative signage explains the history of Copake Iron Works (the village as well as the business) and the process of ironmaking in the 19th century. The diorama room is open year-round during daylight hours and can be enjoyed as part of the three mile Iron Works Heritage Trail. Begin at the ironworks (park next to the blast furnace in designated areas), enjoy a scenic hike along the Bash Bish stream to the Bash Bish Falls and return via Route 344.
Download a map of the Iron Works Heritage Trail at this link or pick one up at the Taconic State Park office, at 253 Route 344 in Copake Falls. For more information (including making special arrangements for private tours), email us at info