There are some places in the woods that tell a story to those who come
to listen. Try it. Take a ride to Long Pond Ironworks State Park in West
Milford and park at the visitors center. Walk past the old stone-rubble
houses sitting like giant sculptures on the lawn, amble down into the
woods and look for the dirt crossroads surrounded by trees and the ruins
of a town. The area now called Hewitt was once the Long Pond Ironworks.
Thank you, Mr. Zabriski. Visiting the Ironworks opened my eyes to how
important ruins of our past are, as opposed to renovated sites. The feeling
of the people who once lived there was palpable. As one who was bored with
"history" during my school years, that visit opened my eyes to its reality.
Best description I have read yet. In 1967 Margaret Mead lead a group of
Ridgewood, NJ students in an archaeological dig that uncovered the
Revolutionary Era Furnace walls and crucible to the South of the pictured
existing Civil War Era Furnace. We also dug at the Mine , now filled,
next to the IBM facility in Sterling Forest. Please continue in your
efforts to preserve the indigenous people of this region and the buildings
and iron works.
19 Jan 2015, 10:13
General George Washington confered with Thomas Wickham brother of my great
grand father Joseph. Thomas was the Patriot, a Dr, and Captain of the Sloop
Hampton Packet sporting 8 canon. Thomas was a member of the Continental
Congress. Washington knew Parker Wickham was a loyalist yet he still
trusted Thomas! I used the records from various web sites for the data on
my Wickham family from the History of LongIsland,and other sites.
19 Jan 2015, 09:42
My great ... grandfather John Wickham married Ellen Merrion. Ellen's father
was Anthony Merrion jr son of Theunis Merrion only son of Ruprecht Merrion
who married Anna Julianna.
Since Ellen Merrion is my great... grand mother and her father and grand
and great grand fathers served General George Washington, I am son of the
Revolutionary War! My great grand father Joseph Wickham 1701-1749 father of
my great grand father Joseph 1728-1782 's brother John Wickham was the
father of John Wickham the Lawyer who saved VP Aaron Burr. CSA Brigadier
General Williams Carter Wickham would be my cousin and he is related to
Robert E Lee's family who is related to Martha Washington wife of President
George Washington. Parker Wickham my great Uncle was assumed a Loyalist.
.Look now My great.. grand mother Ellen Merrion entitles me to be a son of
the Revolutionary War! : )
04 Jan 2013, 18:56
My ancestors owned the Wickham House down by Echo Lake /Macopin in West
Milford. Great Grandfather George Wickham is buried at St Joseph Church
West Milford. George's two son's worked the farm he had there by the lake.
John was a Collier! William built the Wickham house for tourists. William
had a son George ( Big Ed) who sold his land for the senior home near
Macopin Rd. We all are descendants of Thomas Wickham and Sarah Goodrich who
settled in CT 1648 after stopping in Mass about 1634. Parker Wickham the
loyalist would be a great uncle of mind. He lost Robins Island in NY
because he was loyal to England. General George Washington didn't like my
great uncle very much.
04 Nov 2011, 10:38
I have discovered that my relative John Ludwig Victor and his family were
among the first Germans to arrive and work at the Iron works.His son David
Victor also worked there. I was woundering if there were any records as
for the names of these German families and how they arrived to America,
espacilly those that Hasenclever brought over. Also i have heard that the
above mentioned relative's grandson Joseph Victor may have purchased the
Mary Ann furnance and the land is still in the family and some are even
buried on or next to the Mary Ann.
Good Afternoon -\r\nI was wondering if there was anyone who might be able
to give a talk on the Irwon Works at our library.\r\nI can be reached at me
email address or at 845-786-3800
30 Jan 2010, 22:29
HI CAN YOU TELL ME IF THERE ARE ANY BOOKS PUBLISHED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF
THE LONG POND IRONWORKS? AND DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT GEORGE
THORN AND MAGGIE MONK? ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND ME WILL BE GREATLY
APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.\r\n SINCERLY,\r\n
RUSS CAREY\r\n EUGENE, OREGON