West Point Foundry Preserve

  • Also Known As: West Point Foundry Preserve
  • Also Known As: West Point Foundry Archeological Site
  • Also Known As: The 1865 Office Building

  • Address: 80 Kemble Ave
  • Vicinity: Foundry Cove, S of NY 90
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Sight
  • Sight Category: Site



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1815/07/00 James Madison US President After the restoration of peace, Mr Madison moves to establish through the patronage of the government, four foundries: in Georgetown, near Richmond in Virginia, Pittsburgh and one on the Hudson near West Point.
1816/00/00 Gouverneur Kemble Founder John Swarthout, Robert Swarthout, Joseph G Swift, James K Rees and Gouverneur Kemble establish an irons works on the north river above West Point, New York.
1816/12/14 West Point Foundry Architect Proprietors of irons works on the north river enter into a contract with Admiral John Rogers, president of and agent of the Board of Navy Commissioners for 87 cannon, 130 tons of round shot and 60 tons of grape shot to be delivered to the US Navy.
1817/00/00 James Renwick Sr Founder William and James Renwick are issued stock in a new foundry to be constructed on the Hudson River near West Point.
1830/10/00 Built for the SC Canal and Rail Road Co by the West Point Foundry of New York, the "Best Friend of Charleston" (lost), the first steam-powered railroad locomotive manufactured in the United States for revenue service, is shipped to Charleston, SC. Birth of the American Railroads
1831/00/00 West Point Foundry Manufacturer "DeWitt Clinton", the first steam locomotive to operate in the state of New York and the 4th built for service in the United States, is manufactured for the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad. Named after DeWitt Clinton, a replica is located at The Henry Ford. Birth of the American Railroads
1836/11/00 Robert Parker Parrott Work Robert Parker Parrott becomes the superintendent the West Point Iron and Cannon Foundry in Cold Spring, New York, with which he would be associated for the remainder of his life.
1897/00/00 Cornell Iron Works Owner J B and J M buy the West Point Foundry and Machine Shops situated at Cold Spring, on the Hudson River. The combined foundries can produce 200 tons of iron and steel for buildings, castings, machinery and ordinance.
1911/00/00 Cornell Iron Works Owner West Point Foundry files for bankruptcy. J M Cornell establishes a new company, Cornell Iron Works, with his sons, Milton Longacre Cornell (1884-1958) and John, to focus on the production of rolling door products.

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Particulars for West Point Foundry Preserve:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Criteria Information Potential
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Sight Category Site

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 10000059
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Historic and non-aboriginal, Industry
Applicable Criteria: Event, Information Potential
Significant Year: 1817, 1860
Historic Function: Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Work in progress
Current Sub-Function:

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