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West Point Foundry Preserve


An official Path Through History Site! Chosen as one of 4 sites for a weapons foundry by President James Madison after the War of 1812, West Point Foundry gained renown during the Civil War, when it produced the Parrott gun, whose rifling gave it greater range and accuracy (President Abraham Lincoln visited the foundry in 1862 to witness a Parrott gun demonstration). Today, the preserve contains ruins of the boring mill, blast furnace, and casting house where workers made the first domestic locomotive trains. Woodland trails provide views of Foundry Cove Marsh.


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