View from the bridge. The Blackberry River powered the water wheel, which was later replaces by a turbine. They served to drive the blast.
Connecticut’s Industrial Monument
Whether you’re visiting this historic blast furnace (and Connecticut State Park) for educational or research purposes, or if you are curious about Beckley Furnace and the historic iron industry, or if you’d just like to enjoy our park-like setting, you are welcome. We hope we can offer you some material that you’ll find interesting.
To see our recent posts look at the sidebar to the right. Also make sure to check out the Connections to Learning page if you’re a student or a teacher. The Learning Resources pages have lots of sources for more information about Beckley Furnace and the kinds of resources available to learn more about Beckley, about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, and about using Beckley Furnace to develop thinking and analytical skills that serve in many ways. For the history of Beckley Furnace itself, please check the About page.
Want to visit us? In person, we mean!! The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM in the summer months.
Be sure to watch our welcome video!
Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail. Read about how — and why — this website came into being on our About page.
This “Welcome” video, completed in August 2014 by the two Girl Scouts who completed it and designed this website for their Silver Awards, is a significant part of the new website. We hope you enjoy it!