Old Furnace State Park is a state park in the town of Redding, Connecticut. The park preserves an iron furnace that was built in 1812 and operated until 1891. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Old Furnace Site. In addition to its furnaces, the site includes remnants of charcoal kilns, a blacksmith shop, quarry pits, and other features.
The park is managed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. From left to right: View looking south showing quarry, smelting house with chimney, foreman’s house, office/store, mule barn, horse stable, carriage house, and kiln. North view of quarry, showing foundation, retaining wall, bridge carrying road over quarry, manmade pond for cooling bricks, and dam holding pond for making mortar.
Close up of crane tower at north end of main structure. Crane lowers finished red hot metal through trap door into waiting wagon below. Cradle block being lowered by crane. Foundation stone laid for new building. Stone laying on frame of new building. Bricklayers working inside newly constructed schoolhouse. Inside view of classroom, showing fireplace, cupboards, desks, and chalkboard. South End of School House – Looking west from across street showing two story white home, small brown house to east, large oak tree, and Quarry Road.
East view of same showing quarry on left, green field with trees and hills beyond, and old foundations of charcoal kilns to far right. West end of School House – Same view but different time of year, showing bare winter tree trunks, snow covered ground, and distant mountains. Spring view of same showing budding tree branches, returning grass, and freshly turned soil.