The forests of the Hudson Valley still have ancient secrets to reveal and one of those stories will be shared as the Historical Society of Newburgh hosts archaeologist Donald “Doc” Bayne.
Bayne spent decades as a Palisades Parks guide and interpreter and came to know and love the features of the landscape, especially the remnants of long-ago settlements and industries. He studied the history of colonial times and knew that somewhere in the Sterling Forest of Orange County there was the forge that made links for The Great Chain - a massive obstruction that General George Washington ordered to be cast and stretched across the Hudson to stop British warships from sailing upriver, devastating our local communities and separating the colonial opposition forces.
Bayne will describe, in an illustrated lecture, how he discovered one source of The Great Chain at the original location of Peter Townsend’s iron works, kept hidden from the British deep in Sterling Forest. More links of The Great Chain were forged closer to Newburgh in the Brewster Forge in New Windsor.
The lecture, postponed from an earlier date by a power outage in Newburgh, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Newburgh Heritage Center, 123 Grand St.. Admision is free for Newburgh Historical Society Members, with $5 the suggested donation for non-members.