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Long Pond Ironworks Museum

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Long Pond ironworks was founded in 1766 by Peter Hasenclever as part of a vast industrial empire sponsored by British investors. Headquartered at nearby Ringwood Manor, Hasenclever developed a full iron working complex and workers’ village along the Wynokie River, which is modern day Greenwood Lake. In operation by 1767, the ironworks included roads, dams, houses, barns, mills, an iron smelting furnace and a four-fire forge. Operating from Colonial times until the 1880’s, the ironworks was run by a succession of famous ironmasters including Robert Erskine during the American Revolution, Martin Ryerson during the War of 1812, and Peter Cooper and Abram S. Hewitt during the Civil War and the industrial revolution. Uniquely, 120 years of evolving iron making technology are evidenced on the site by the remains of three blast furnaces, waterwheels, raceways and other industrial features.

Long Pond Today
Dedicated as a State Park in 1987, the 175 acre wooded site is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places as well as having National Historic Landmark District status. A roadside Visitors Center and museum is open on weekends at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, West Milford Township, in New Jersey’s Highland Region. Walking trails pass by 12 buildings still standing and the ruins of foundations among beautiful highlands scenery. Interpretive tours are offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month and living history weekends occur throughout the year. Future plans call for ongoing restoration, preservation and historic interpretation.