"What was this place, anyway?"
That is the single question we at Beckley
Furnace hear more
frequently than any other. We hope that this website will not just
provide you with the answer to this question, but will also help you
share in the fascination Beckley Furnace has for many of us today.
for more information about Beckley Furnace, Connecticut's
designated Industrial monument.
The restoration project for
the dam at Beckley Furnace is now complete. The grass is growing
in, and things are pretty well back to normal -- with a restored dam, of
State of Connecticut has done a great job, creating a modern dam
structure that is faithful to the dam's original past. The CT Department of
Environmental Protection has also rebuilt the bridge leading to the slag
piles. News about the projects is on our Facebook Page:
and a few photos are in our
2011 photo album as well.
Beckley Furnace, seen from the
the Blackberry River, in
VISIT BECKLEY FURNACE
Knowledgeable guides -- members of the
Friends of Beckley Furnace
-- are onsite at the Furnace from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each
Saturday beginning in early June and continuing through Labor Day weekend.
are knowledgeable and are happy to explain the operation of the furnace and of the entire
facility, to show early photographs and to answer questions concerning
the 193 year history of iron manufacture in Northwestern Connecticut and
the Tri-state region. Most Saturdays we have at least one
member of our board on site and on some Saturdays we have two.
Click here to see the roster
of board members and when they served as guides in 2011.
We had our traditional Blackberry River Walk for
2010 and 2011, and photos are on our
Facebook page (also, see photos of
Blackberry River Walk 2009).
We had wonderful food, a great speech, and demonstrations of
blacksmithing and stone cutting. We're omitting the River Walk in
2012 and are planning new and more exciting activities for 2013.
Whether you can visit on a summer Saturday
morning when guides are available to answer questions or whether you visit
Beckley Furnace at some other time, you'll find that we have
interpretive signage that provides much information
about how the whole operation worked.
We particularly welcome student and school groups
-- and we see lots of them!
Our experts are very pleased to tailor presentations to
your group's interests, but we do require advance notice for guided
tours during hours when we are not regularly open.
to see photos of some of the student
groups that have visited us at Beckley Furnace in past years.