In the 19th century, Moriah and Port Henry, New York, profited from the richest iron mines in the country. First used to make cannonballs for the American revolutionaries, Moriah’s iron contributed to the Union’s ships, guns, and even the ironclad USS Monitor in the Civil War. In the years that followed, the founders of Witherbee Sherman and Company built grand houses, churches, schools, and gardens. The lives of the miners who worked for them were far more challenging and their work more dangerous. But these industrial age extremes of wealth led to some of the most distinctive architecture and hamlets in upstate New York. From the stories of immigrant miners to the silent-film industry in Port Henry, this book documents the last 150 years of culture and recreation on Lake Champlain and in the Adirondacks.
About the Author
Moriah and Port Henry in the Adirondacks shares many never before published postcards and photographs from the Town of Moriah Historical Society and private collections. Authors Frank Edgerton Martin and Jacqueline A. Viestenz worked with local historians and retired iron miners to interpret this wealth of images. Collected in nine chapters, they tell unforgettable stories of life in a sometimes harsh yet beautiful northern land.
Table of Contents
1 New York's Iron Capital 11
2 Iron Wealth and Institution Building 29
3 Fire Departments 39
4 Downtown Port Henry Through the Decades 43
5 Moriah's Villages and the Company Towns of Mineville and Witherbee 57
6 Port Henry's Neighborhoods and Homes 73
7 Arts and Recreation 87
8 Life on the Lake 99
9 Living and Camping in the Adirondacks 113