Copake Iron Works Tours And Talk Planned

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Copake Iron Works cart and horseHistorian Jim Mackin will present “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Copake Iron Works But Were Afraid to Ask” at a lecture and slide show on Saturday, June 21st at 2pm at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22 in Copake, Columbia County, NY, followed by a reception and tour of the Iron Works.

Mackin will also host guided tours of the Copake Iron Works Historic District throughout the summer, beginning on June 8th as part of New York State’s Path Through History Weekend.

Mackin will recount the history of the Copake Iron Works and its impact on the community from its earliest days. His talk will be illustrated with historical photographs, drawings, and maps to show how the community of the Copake Iron Works became today’s Copake Falls. An opportunity to stump the experts in quiz show format will follow the presentation; prizes will be awarded, souvenirs distributed, and a few unexpected surprises will materialize to celebrate the spectacular iron-making history of our community.

According to Mackin, the program is designed for adults with an interest in local history. Since the presentation combines humor in an interactive format, willing children are most welcome. Following the talk, all are invited to a reception and tour of the Copake Iron Works.

Mackin has presented several programs for Friends of Taconic State Park on a wide variety of Park related topics including natural, cultural and industrial history. He is renowned in New York City for his “Weekday Walks” to interesting and lesser visited parts of the five boroughs and is an active volunteer for several organizations including the New-York Historical Society, the Roebling (NYC) Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology and the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group, among other affiliations.

Friends of Taconic State Park was established in 2008 to support cultural, recreational and educational activities within the park. The group hosts outdoor events throughout the year, as well as educational programs on the history of the Copake Iron Works, the historic site located within the park which the group is actively working to preserve.

To learn more about Jim Mackin, visit his website at For information about the Friends of Taconic State Park, visit, email them at, or call 518-966-2730.

Photo: The Copake Iron Works (a circa 1900 photograph).

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