October 9 Program
Open to the Public
The Chain that Saved the Colonies
By Donald Bayne
In 1778 an iron chain was placed across the Hudson at West Point to stop British ships from going up the Hudson. It was forged from Sterling Forest iron under the direction of Peter Townsend. The speaker will describe how he located the remains of the actual forge used for the chain. The talk will include a history of Sterling Forest iron production starting in 1736 and how the chain was created.
The speaker is the retired Environmental Educator and Historian of Sterling Forest State Park.
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center
90 Harding Rd. Old Greenwich CT 06870
The remaining links of the chain on display at West Point