Long Pond Ironworks
HEWITT (WEST MILFORD), NJ
The Long Pond Ironworks, perhaps
the most intact of the ironworks sites associated with the Hudson Highlands of
Orange and Rockland Counties and northern New Jersey, is located just across the
Passaic (NJ) / Orange (NY) County borders. Two largely-intact Civil War-era
furnaces stand today, near the ruins of a Colonial-era furnace. This site is
perhaps best-known in walking guides to the area for its large waterwheels.
Dating to the late 19th-century, the wheels burned in the 1950s; one has since
been rebuilt. Today they are housed under protective tarp. In addition to the various
industrial works, the "ghost town" of Hewitt survives as well, and the
entire site can be seen and photographed in a hike lasting maybe just over an
hour at minimum. Although the furnaces shut down in 1882, the village of Hewitt
continued on until it became property of New Jersey State in 1957. A formal
dedication of the site as a state park occurred thirty years later. About
a dozen or so houses remain, most in their original locations while a few have
been moved. Some buildings have been reduced to ruins or vanished entirely.
Stabilization and preservation work have occurred, and some buildings have been
given new roofs to stave off decay. Today they are boarded-up, and the boards
are painted to look like windows (to prettify the buildings so that passing
motorists or hikers will be less inclined to think of these buildings as
"eyesores"). Yaz’ Hudson
Valley Ruins and Abandoned Buildings, etc.
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Photo below shows details of the south wheel.
This waterwheel pit was built in 1873 and was intended for a 50-foot diameter wheel, which was never built.
Waterfall on the Wanaque River, northeast of the furnaces and waterwheels.
Hewitt Methodist Church.
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