"What was this place, anyway?"
That is the question we at Beckley
Furnace hear more
frequently than any other. We hope that this website will provide you with the answer to this question,
and will also help you
share in the fascination Beckley Furnace has for us today.
for more information about Beckley Furnace, Connecticut's
designated Industrial monument.
The restoration projects
the dam and the bridge to the slag piles are now complete. We're currently
building a shelter for one of the turbines that powered Beckley Furnace.
We hope to have it done before the snow flies.
News about the projects is on our Facebook Page:
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 Columbus Day weekend.
are happy to explain the operation of the furnace and of the entire
facility, to show early photographs and to answer questions concerning
the 194 year history of iron manufacture in Northwestern Connecticut and
the Tri-state region. Most summer Saturdays we have at
members of our board on site and on some Saturdays we have two.
Click here to see the roster
of board members and when they are serving as guides in 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.