Beckley Furnace State Park

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Beckley Furnace State Park

Connecticut

(860) 482-1817

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Overview

The Beckley Iron Furnace once produced iron for the manufacture of railroad car wheels that gained a world wide reputation for their excellence and durability. It is Connecticut's best preserved example of a technology that has long since vanished. The structure is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Iron making had been a local industry that for 150 years shaped the formation of America. The Beckley blast furnace was built in 1847 and ceased operation in 1919. The Furnace was a part of an industry that shaped both the cultural and ecological future of the entire region. The recently refurbished structure stands as the best preserved example of technology that has long since vanished. Visitors can enjoy a personal tour each Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. from May through mid-October. Learn how iron was made by walking in the footsteps of the iron makers. Stand in the hearth where temperatures reached nearly 3,000 degrees. Visit the only remaining turbine used to power a blast furnace. Pets on a leash are permitted.

Map of Beckley Furnace (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.011104, -73.290911

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Activities

  • Fishing

    The pond is a great place for fishing at the Beckley Furnace State Park.

  • Hiking

    There is a lovely trail built by The Friends of Buckley Furnace from the furnace to the dam.

  • Historic Sites

    Join members of the Friends of Beckley Furnace each Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. from May through mid-October for a personal tour of the furnace.

  • Picnicking

    The Beckley Furnace State Park is an excellent place to plop down a blanket and enjoy your historical surroundings.

Seasonality/Weather

The monument grounds are open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Park Partners

Friends of Beckley Furnace

There is no land line for this organization, but an email to info@beckleyfurnace.org will answer your questions. Members of the Friends of Beckley Furnace are on site at the furnace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday beginning in early June and continuing through Labor Day weekend. The guides 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.

Directions

Driving

Lower Road off Route 44 in the East Canaan section of the town of North Canaan.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 482-1817

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