Sparta Historical Society welcomes Donald (Doc) Bayne, winner of the New York State Archeological Association’s Meritorious Award, board member of the Orange County Historical Society, and a passionate researcher and educator. Join Doc Bayne for a presentation on how he discovered the Forge that made the Great Chain in Sterling Forest. Doc will share the history of the iron industry that started in 1736 at Sterling Forest, and how Peter Townsend manufactured a Great Chain for the Continental Army to place across the Hudson River at West Point to stop the British invasion of the New England colonies during the American Revolution.
This presentation will be held at 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Sparta Presbyterian Church, 32 Main Street. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served. Those attending will have a chance to ask questions about the topic or other issues relating to iron mining. Members are free, non-members $5.