The Industrial Archaeology of the West Point Foundry

Join the SIA for the 15th session of IA Online Wednesday, November 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern (US & Canada)

T. Arron Kotlensky & Steve Walton – “Where Archaeology and History Collide: The Industrial Archaeology of the West Point Foundry”

The establishment of the foundry was encouraged by President James Madison, who, after the War of 1812, wanted to establish domestic foundries to produce artillery. Cold Spring was an ideal site: timber for charcoal was abundant, there were many local iron mines, and the nearby Margaret’s Brook provided water power to drive machinery. The site was guarded by West Point, across the Hudson River, and the river provided shipping for finished products.

This collaborative presentation will last 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the presenters.

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