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West Milford in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Long Pond Ironworks

Historic Village of Hewitt

 
 
The Long Pond Ironworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 12, 2013
1. The Long Pond Ironworks Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1766 by Peter Hasenclever, the Long Pond Ironworks was run by a succession of famous ironmasters, including Robert Erskine, Martin J. Ryerson and Abraham S. Hewitt. The Long Pond furnace, forge and supporting village contributed to the war efforts during the American Revolution, The War of 1812 and the Civil War. As at many other iron-producing sites in the Highlands, the furnace operation in the Long Pond ended in the 1880’s when the iron industry’s western migration was complete.

Long Pond was the colonial name for Greenwood Lake, the source of water power for the 18th- and 19th- century iron-smelting complex.

The Long Pond Ironworks Historic District is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
 
Erected by The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks, The North Jersey District Water Supply Commission and The Hackensack Water Company.
 
Location. 41° 8.518′ N, 74° 18.696′ W. Marker is in West Milford, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker is on Greenwood Lake Turnpike (County Route 511) 0.2 miles east of East Shore Road (County Route 704), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. From Route 287 take exit 57. Follow Skyline Drive to Route 511 (Greenwood Lake Turnpike).
The Long Pond Ironworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, October 8, 2009
2. The Long Pond Ironworks Marker
Turn right and travel approx. five miles. From Route 23 take Union Valley Road (Route 513) approx. six miles and bear right onto Marshall Hill Road, which becomes Greenwood Lake Turnpike (Route 511). Parking is available at the north boat ramp, Beech Road and historic district parking lots. Marker is in this post office area: West Milford NJ 07480, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Long House Ruins (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steam Powered Sawmill Remains (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weighing Scale Remains (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Company Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hasenclever Iron Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Furnace (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ringwood Furnaces at Hewitt (approx. ¼ mile away); Water Power (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Milford.
 
Regarding The Long Pond Ironworks. The site of the old iron works is listed as DMS 41° 08’ 27.55” N 74° 18' 33.22" W
 
Also see . . .
1. Long Pond Ironworks photo gallery. (Submitted on October 8, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
2. Long Pond Ironworks. org. (Submitted on October 8, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
 
Additional comments.
View of Both Markers image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, October 8, 2009
3. View of Both Markers

1. West Milford, NJ
West Milford is one of New Jersey's largest communities covering an area of 80 square miles and situated on the Passaic County, NJ and Orange County, NY State border. West Milford includes the communities of Hewitt and Awosting. It is known for the water recreation afforded by Greenwood Lake.

In 1972 Warner Brothers opened Jungle Habitat adjacent to the West Milford (Nariobi) Airport just west of the Long Pond Ironworks. Although it drew 500,000 visitors in the first year of operation the park closed by 1976. The remoteness of its location most likely added to its demise.
    — Submitted October 8, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.

 
Additional keywords. West Milford,New Jersey, Monks Dam
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar of 1812War, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Long Pond Ironworks Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, October 8, 2009
4. The Long Pond Ironworks Museum
The Long Pond Ironworks Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, October 8, 2009
5. The Long Pond Ironworks Entrance
Local Register of Historic Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, October 8, 2009
6. Local Register of Historic Sites Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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