Putnam County Historical Society
& Foundry School Museum

63 Chestnut Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
(845) 265-4010

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This wonderful little museum in beautiful Cold Spring, New York features an array of permanent and changing exhibits that are interesting and educational.

Throughout the year a calendar of special events and activities combines well with a Museum tour to provide a complete day's recreation.

Some of the features of the Museum are, the world-renowned painting The Gun Foundry by John Ferguson Weir; the Foundry Room, exhibiting memorabilia of the West Point Foundry; The Parrott Gun of Civil War fame; the School Room of the original Foundry School, a 19th century Country Kitchen, an Indian Dugout Canoe; and much more.

Several hands-on Educational Program for School Groups are offered:

A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Child School Outreach Program for 1st , 2nd and 3rd grades: What was life like for children at work and at play in the mid-1800's? Join us for a one hour workshop in which your students will be coached in 19th Century etiquette, play 19th century games and experience writing with slates and chalk, quill pens and ink. Classroom visits are also available with this program if your class is not able to visit the museum.

The West Point Foundry and Natural Resources School Outreach Program for 4th grade: The West Point Foundry was one of the major industrial sites during the 19th century. What role did location play in choosing Cold Spring for the West Point Foundry? During this 2 hour program, students will learn what impact the natural resources of this area had on the creation of the West Point Foundry and the town that grew up around it. Students will explore paintings, photographs and artifacts pertaining to the foundry and view the remains of the foundry on a hike through, Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve. A classroom visit can also be arranged prior to your visit to the museum.

The West Point Foundry and the Civil War School Outreach Program for 8th grade: The West Point Foundry and its Superintendent Robert Parrott were instrumental in changing the outcome of the Civil War. What is the Parrott Rifled Cannon and why was it different than other munitions of the time? During this 2 hour program students will learn about the Parrott rifled cannon and its creator Robert Parrott as well as how the munitions of the 19th century were made. The students will also view the ruins of the West Point Foundry on a hike through Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve. A classroom visit can also be arranged prior to your visit to the museum.

Cost for school programs is $3.00 per student. Chaperones are free.

Hours: Open Wednesday thru Sunday 11am - 5pm. Closed during some winter months. Call before visiting.
Adults $5.00
Seniors $2.00
Children $2.00
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Picnic lunch can be eaten a short drive away on waterfront.
Handicapped Access: Partial.
Directions: I-87 North to I-287 East. Stay right for exit 1 to Rt. 119. From exit turn left and at next light turn left onto Rt. 9A North. Follow 9A until merge with Rt. 9 above Ossining. Continue north on 9 past Graymoor and turn left onto Rt. 403. At end turn right onto Rt. 9D. Proceed about 4 miles north on 9D. Turn left onto Chestnut St. (adjacent to this is the Downey Oil Co. Building). Museum is at end on left. 1 hour, 15 minutes north of the George Washington Bridge.

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