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By Robert B. Gordon

This booklet examines the economic ecology of two hundred years of ironmaking with renewal strength assets in northwestern Connecticut. It specializes in the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral countryside.

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Joseph's son, William J. Pettee, remained as manager until 1845. 3! Leman Bradley built Salisbury's third blast furnace in 1812, he using a site at the base of the Great Falls on the west side of the Housatonic River (see fig. I). 32 Benjamin Silliman, who visited the furnace during his tour of the northwest in 1817, described it as about twenty-five to thirty feet high and ten to twelve feet in diameter; it was four to five feet in diameter at the top. Water-powered bellows supplied the blast.

Since no one in Salisbury had ever cast cannon, the committee recruited Lemuel Bryant of Middleborough, Massachusetts, an experienced cannon founder, along with molders David Carver, Zebulon White, and David Oldman to cast cannon at the Lakeville furnace in 1776. 17 Local residents Medad Parker and Joel Camp worked as pattern makers; Daniel Forbes was chief banksman; Edward Whitcomb acted as foreman filler. Bryant's men cast the cannon solid and then bored them out in a mill built for the purpose near the furnace and powered by water in Furnace Brook (see fig.

Angus Nicholson, a Scot who settled in New Milford, purchased the site of a sawmill on the West Aspetuck River in 1768 for a bloomery forge. By 1787 he was able to buy half of the Lanesville forge, the area's first bloomery. 13 Bloomery proprietors who eventually converted their forges into manufacturing establishments had the largest impact on the Salisbury iron industry. Richard Seymour of Hartford, a smith and owner of a one-eighth share of Ore Hill, bought property on the Blackberry River in Canaan for a bloomery forge at the 1738 proprietors' auction.

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