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Penfield Homestead Museum

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An official Path Through History Site! The central feature of Penfield Homestead Museum is the ca 1825 Penfield Homestead. First floor rooms depict early 19th century life, displays on Crown Point history, and an Adirondack Gift Shop. The second floor includes additional rooms and an area dedicated to Crown Point’s involvement in The Civil War. The wood shed tour includes a replica of the Electro-Magnet. The partnership between Allen Penfield, original builder of the homestead and iron industry pioneer, and Joseph Henry, inventor of the Electro-Magnet and first Secretary of the Smithsonian, gave rise to "the Birthplace of the Electrical Age". The Homestead also features farm life in the field, barn and home including a working loom. The grounds include a Carriage Barn with carriages and a horse-drawn hearse, and a newly renovated Cow Barn which includes farm implements, bee keeping, and lumbering displays. Across the road from the Homestead are two more 19th century buildings, the Penfield Church and Parsonage. Penfield Church, the former 2nd Congregational Church of Crown Point, features original pews, loft and a Meneely Bell for ringing. The Parsonage is now the PHM Research Center, housing original documents and ledgers as well as 100s of local surname files. 2 walking trails; a walk back in time through the Crown Point Iron Company manufacturing complex, and a walk with nature in partnership with Champlain Area Trails (CATS) along the Penfield Pond and Putnam Creek.

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