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Warwick(Town) in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sterling Furnace

 
 
Sterling Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Clifton Patrick, October 15, 2007
1. Sterling Furnace Marker
Inscription.  
This tablet was erected by the
Daughters of the Revolution
State of New York
June 23, 1906
To commemorate the ruins of
Sterling Furnace
Which was built on this spot in 1751.


This furnace is believed to have been the first place in the State of New York in which iron and steel were manufactured in quantity.

From the iron here produced was manufactured in 1778, by Peter Townsend, the Great Chain put across the Hudson River, near West Point, to impede the progress of the British war-ships up the river; and the first anchor made in New York State was here manufactured in 1773.
 
Erected 1906 by Daughters of the Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1860.
 
Location. 41° 11.856′ N, 74° 15.609′ W. Marker is in Warwick(Town), New York, in Orange
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County. Marker can be reached from Old Forge Rd close to Sterling Lake Road, on the left when traveling north. Walk up path on right side of clearing. Tablet is nestled into hillside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Old Forge Rd,, Tuxedo Park NY 10987, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Colony" (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gladys Taylor’s Inn (approx. 3.2 miles away); Race Track Nature Preserve (approx. 3˝ miles away); Ringwood Manor (approx. 4.1 miles away in New Jersey); Ringwood Manor Iron Complex (approx. 4.1 miles away in New Jersey); Robert Erskine (approx. 4.2 miles away in New Jersey); Robert Erskine F.R.S. (approx. 4.2 miles away in New Jersey); Ringwood Manor Forges (approx. 4.2 miles away in New Jersey).
 
Also see . . .
1. Sterling Iron Works from Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States.)
2. Hudson River Chain from Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States.)
 
Sterling Furnace Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Clifton Patrick, October 15, 2007
2. Sterling Furnace Tablet
2nd Sterling Furnace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leslie Smith, August 24, 2008
3. 2nd Sterling Furnace
The second Sterling Furnace built adjacent to the site of the first Sterling Furnace was reconstructed in the 1950s.
The Great Chain image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. The Great Chain
Thirteen links from the chain that spanned the Hudson River at West Point are seen here at the U.S. Military Academy. They were forged at Sterling Furnace.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 163 times this year. Last updated on September 2, 2021, by Sue Gardner of Warwick, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States.   4. submitted on September 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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