Thursday, October 10, 2019

Applefest at Ironworks, Penfield Homestead on Sunday

Ironville Works MapThis weekend is the final seasonal celebration for the “birthplace of the electric age.” Located at the old Crown Point Iron Company Works in Ironville, the Penfield Homestead Museum is hosting its annual celebration of everything apple. Though apples may be one of the reasons to go to the Penfield Homestead, also plan to visit the museum dedicated to preserving the history of the North Country’s ironwork industry during the 19th century.

The museum highlights Allen Penfield, Timothy Taft, and Allen Harwood and how they put the first industrial use of electricity into their ironworks.  The Homestead and barn demonstrate life during the 1800s. In addition to showing the importance of the layout of certain rooms and the history of the local iron ore, the upper floor is partially dedicated to Captain James Penfield’s service to the Union during the Civil War. Outside, the barn’s informative signage focuses on inventions like the cheese press that made life easier on the farm. There is a replica of the electromagnet used in the ironworks. The original is located at The Smithsonian.

For those adventurous souls, try the 10-stop, self-guided walking tour showcasing a section of the Crown Point Iron Company Ironville Works. A walking map is available online, at the Homestead, and the Pioneer Forge. The interpretive signs provide detailed descriptions of the 1800s wrought iron manufacturing process.

As with other Adirondack festivals, Applefest provides plenty of modern-day entertainment. Look for food, craft vendors, live music, children’s activities, as well as plenty of apple desserts. Applefest takes place on October 13 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Penfield Homestead Museum.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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