Beckley Furnace stack, restored and stabilized, October 1999. Photo: Ed Kirby
The Beckley Blast Furnace: East Canaan, Connecticut
Built in 1847, the Beckley Furnace is
representative of the iron-producing heritage of the northwestern
corner of Connecticut. It remained in operation until 1919 and was
purchased by the state in 1946 with the intent of preserving the
stack. Little was done until 1999, when it was saved from imminent
collapse and restored as the state's only designated Industrial
Monument. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the
hearth has been completely rebuilt with a cut-away section for
visitor viewing. Development of the site for archeological and
educational purposes continues. The furnace's history and
restoration are documented in a binder of text, photographs, and a
Originally submitted by: Nancy Johnson, Representative (6th District).
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