Friends of Taconic State Park, the organization working to preserve and stabilize the 19th century Copake Iron Works, are seeking historic photos for its interpretative signage project.
Anyone with access to, or possession of, images of the site (especially the centerpiece blast furnace and any houses or other buildings located nearby) is encouraged to contact them at info@FriendsofTSP.org.
The group also seeks information specifically about the Fish Pond, locally referred to as the Day Pond, and shown in the postcard above (postmarked April 1909). The message on the back of the postcard says: “This is at the end of Fern road, back of the Iron Works”. The exact location of the site is known, but not the origin of Day Pond or any information about the home shown in the image.
Friends of Taconic State Park learned last week that it has been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the New York State Regional Development Council for its Furnace Cornerstone Project. The Friends plan to replace the four cornerstones which were removed after the infamous 1938 hurricane and used at that time to help re-build the washed out road to Bash Bish Falls. The replacement of the cornerstones is Phase 3 of a multi-phase program to save this centerpiece of the Copake Iron Works historic site.
The Copake Iron Works is located within Taconic State Park, adjacent to 33 Valley View Road in Copake Falls, NY. Visitors are welcome year-round during daylight hours. More information about Friends of Taconic State Park and Copake Iron Works can be found online.