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Beckley Furnace

 Beckley Furnace sign


"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.

About Beckley Iron Furnace for more information about Beckley Furnace, Connecticut's designated Industrial monument.


The restoration projects reconstructing the dam and the bridge to the slag piles are now complete and we've just completed a shelter for one of the turbines that powered Beckley Furnace.  We'll be dedicating it this summer.  News about the projects is on our Facebook Page:



Staffing for 2014 Saturday mornings is now posted HERE.

Beckley Furnace 2009

Beckley Furnace, seen from the bridge crossing the Blackberry River, in July 2009


Where is Beckley Furnace for driving directions and a Google map.

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.  Our guides are happy to explain the operation of the furnace and of the entire facility, to show early photographs and to answer questions concerning the 195 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 2014. 

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. 


Student visits to Beckley Furnace to see photos of some of the student groups that have visited us at Beckley Furnace in past years.

We invite you to learn more about Beckley Furnace, and to see other resources about the Salisbury Iron District.

See the photos from past Blackberry River Walks.