Pelton Pond

Pelton Pond is a former iron ore shaft that was dammed in 1930. It is noted as early as 1788. Most of the ore raised in these mines was taken by horse and cart on the Cold Spring Turnpike, now Route 301, to Cold Spring to be smelted at the West Point Iron Company’s blast furnace, located on what is now Dockside Park on Cold Spring’s riverfront.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and some kind of legacy lens (I don’t remember which one).

Old Cold Spring Cemetery

There are a number of cemeteries in Cold Spring, most of which I’ve already visited. I tried to go here once before. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that there was a smaller, less interesting cemetery almost directly opposite and I went to the wrong one. This is the oldest cemetery in Cold Spring, dating back to at least the 1750’s. Thomas Davenport, Cold Spring’s first settler, is interred here, as are several West Point Foundry personnel. Here also is George Pope Morris, noted author, newspaper man and poet.

This is the restored tomb of William Hopkins Morris. William Hopkins Morris (April 22, 1827 – August 26, 1900) was an American soldier, an officer in the United States Army, author, editor, and inventor. He served as a brigadier general of volunteers in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Detail of the grave of Mary Feeley. The inscription on the grave reads: “Sacred to the memory of Mary Terresa Feely wife of John A Murphy. Daughter of Anthony and Mary Feeley. Died Dec. 3rd 1870 aged 22 years 8 mo’s and 22 days. Also their child Margaret. Died Aug. 17th, 1869, aged 11 mo’s & 11 days.
Requiescant in Pace.

Taken with a Sony A77 II and Tamron AF 18-250mm f3.5-5.6

Fire Tower

For nearly a century, observers watched the forests of New York State from more than 100 fire towers perched atop the highest peaks, searching for the dangerous, telltale signs of forest fires.

Beginning in the 1980s, the State of New York began to phase out the use of fire towers for spotting forest fires, and in 1990, the last 5 towers still in operation were closed. Over time, the towers and their associated observers’ cabins began to deteriorate, and those that were not dismantled were closed to the public for safety reasons…Through the dedication of countless volunteers, as well as assistance and support from Department of Environmental Conservation staff, local government and the State Police Aviation Unit, many fire towers across the state have been restored (DEC web site).

Taken with a Sony Alpha 77II.

Patriots Park

During the Revolutionary War Major John André of the British Army was captured, disguised in civilian clothing, at the site by three Patriot militiamen. They found papers on him that implicated him in espionage with Benedict Arnold, a high-ranking officer of the Continental Army. After a military trial André was executed; Arnold defected to the British and lived his remaining years after the war in England.

A memorial was erected on the site in 1853, on land donated by some members of the local African American community. It was one of the earliest monuments to honor any event of the Revolutionary War. Later it was expanded and incorporated into Brookside Park, a late 19th-century Beaux-Arts residential development by the firm of Carrère and Hastings . Later it became the campus of two different girls’ boarding schools, one of which was attended by Lauren Bacall. It became a park and took its current name in the middle of the 20th century, and all buildings but the gatehouse were demolished.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-55mm lens