The Great Chain

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Admission:
$5 suggested donation
Members are free

Location:
Newburgh Heritage Center
Old Niven Courthouse
123 Grand Street
Newburgh, NY

Please see below for directions

The forests of the Hudson Valley still have ancient secrets to reveal and one of those stories will be shared as the Historical Society of Newburgh hosts archaeologist Donald "Doc" Bayne.

Donald BayneMr. Bayne spent decades as a Palisades Parks guide and interpreter and came to know and love the features of the landscape, especially the remnants of long-ago settlements and industries. He studied the history of colonial times and knew that somewhere in the Sterling Forest of Orange County there was the forge that made links for The Great Chain - a massive obstruction that General George Washington ordered to be cast and stretched across the Hudson to stop British warships from sailing upriver, devastating our local communities and separating the colonial opposition forces.

Doc Bayne will describe, in an illustrated lecture, how he discovered one source of The Great Chain at the original location of Peter Townsend's iron works, kept hidden from the British deep in Sterling Forest. More links of The Great Chain were forged closer to Newburgh in the Brewster Forge in New Windsor, the origin of the name for Forge Hill Road.

The great chain, West Point

Come and learn about the early iron industry among local colonial settlers, about the ingenuity and strength required in 18th century mining and forging and about Washington's grand plan to win the war here at the heart of the Hudson Valley.

Directions

Use this address for the GPS: 123 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and take the ramp to go east on the Interstate 84. Take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco Station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points East, take Interstate 84 west to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W (the Alexis Diner is on the left). Make a right on to 9W, and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.