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Historic Walking Tour of Wassaic

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Gridley Chapel
36 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic , NY , 12592
County: Dutchess
9/7/2013 10:00 AM (10:00 am to noon, rain or shine.)

Category: Walk/Hike

Themes: Family Friendly,Wheelchair Accessible

Event Description:
Enjoy a walking tour of this tiny 1704 hamlet located between Rattlesnake Mountain and Wassaic Creek, and bisected by the railroad. Wassaic grew up around the Gridley Iron Works whose mining and pig iron productions were the mainstay of the 19th century local economy. Local historians will describe the legendary Noah Gridley who owned the iron works and built two recently restored bee-hive charcoal kilns in 1825 (restored). Gridley also built Borden's original condensed milk factory that supplied the Union Army during the Civil War, and the 1873 Victorian Gothic Gridley Chapel. Visit the nearby 10-story grain elevator and former livestock auction barns that served as an agricultural hub until recent times, and have now been renovated as art galleries and studios.

Contact Information:
Vicki Doyle

Additional Information:
Event Duration (Hours): 1.5
* Fee required
Fee Information: $5 for adults, children under 13 free.
Trip Length (Miles): .5
Difficulty Level: Easy
Trip Characteristics: There is one short, steep paved ascent; otherwise relatively flat terrain.
Portion Wheelchair Accessible: 3-4 steps are needed to enter 2 historic buildings.

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