Near Copake Falls in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1660 Medad Pomeroy accepted tools, an anvil shaped like this replica, and land in exchange for opening a blacksmith shop in Northampton, Massachusetts. That anvil was passed through many generations of Pomeroy blacksmiths becoming a symbol of the family.
Medad Pomeroy's 2nd great grandson, Lemuel Pomeroy, a blacksmith and gunsmith by trade from Pittsfield, MA, established the Copake Iron Works in 1845 along with four of his sons. Attracted by abundant natural resources, they constructed a blast furnace and erected necessary structures for iron production. Lemuel Pomeroy died in 1849.
After the death of Lemuel Pomeroy, Jr. in 1853, the remaining partners continued the business until 1861 when it was sold. Several generations of the Pomeroy family continued to live in Copake Falls, in what is now Taconic State Park, until the early 20th century
Backside of marker:
Emigrated from England ca 1630, first American branch of Pomeroy family.
Deacon Medad Pomeroy 1638-1716
Founded Northampton, MA branch of Pomeroy family.
King's Attorney & High Sheriff of Hampshire, MA.
Brig. Gen. Seth Pomeroy 1706-1777
Appointed by General George Washington
Captain Lemuel Pomeroy 1738-1819
Member of the MA State Legislature 40 years.
Lemuel Pomeroy 1778-1849
Gunsmith and Manufacturer
Children of Lemuel Pomeroy and Hart Lester
Olivia Hart 1801-1885 Emily 1811-1867
Lemuel Jr. 1803-1853 Theodore 1813-1881
Elizabeth 1805-1882 George 1815-1831
Parthenia Little 1806-1876 Robert 1817-1889
Eunice 1808-1885 Edward 1820-1889
The Pomeroy Anvil Trail commemorates the westward migration of the American People through the movement of the Pomeroy family.
Erected 2018 by William Guilford Pomeroy, Jr. (Marker Number 15.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1660.
Location. 42° 7.16′ N, 73° 30.876′ W. Marker is near Copake Falls, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Road. In the parking lot for Copake Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Copake NY 12516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charcoal Blast Furnace Operations (within shouting distance of this marker); Blowing Engine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Copake Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Pomeroy Homes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Copake Iron Works (about 300 feet away); Site of Pomeroy Houses (about 400 feet away); Isaac Chesbrough House (about 400 feet away); Blast Furnace & Charging Deck (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Copake Falls.
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