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Seminar Series Excursion to West Point Foundry & Kayak Tour 20 July 2019


Join us Saturday 20 July for our Seminar Series Excursion to West Point Foundry Preserve & Putnam History Museum, Lunch on the Hudson River, and Optional Kayak River Tour


Registration: Pre-Registration Required
Saturday, 20 July:  Tours Begin at 9 AM
Meeting Location: Putnam History Museum, 63 Chestnut St, Cold Spring, NY 10516


Join us 9 am Saturday morning 20 July at the Putnam History Museum (63 Chestnut St, Cold Spring, NY) for an introduction into the local history of the West Point Foundry.  Established in 1818 to supply the U.S. government with artillery, the ironworks employed hundreds of workers who produced some of America’s first steam engines, locomotives and ironclad ships, as well as pipes for New York City’s water system and Parrott guns, cannons credited with winning the Civil War.

From the museum, walk down a moderately-graded nature trail or drive to the adjacent West Point Foundry Preserve (80 Kemble Ave, Cold Spring, NY) for a half-mile, lightly graded walking tour of the preserve’s key sites, starting at 10:30 am.

At 12:30 pm, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous three-course lunch on the downtown waterfront at Cold Spring’s landmark 1832 inn, Hudson House (2 Main St, Cold Spring, NY).  Choose to walk to the restaurant from the West Point Foundry Preserve (a scenic half-mile along a Foundry Cove nature trail, stairways crossing over Cold Spring station, and downtown sidewalks), or drive and park at Hudson House.

After lunch, opt to take a relaxing stroll or seat on the charming riverfront square, or explore Cold Spring’s downtown with its eclectic shops and quaint antique stores.

For the more adventurous, take a short walk to Hudson River Expeditions (14 Market Street, Cold Spring, NY) at 2:30 pm for a supplemental kayak tour.  This is a family friendly one-hour Hudson River tour, suitable for kids, parents and grandparents of all skill levels, with all equipment provided.  Tandem and single kayaks are available.

Registration is limited and pre-payment is required by 15 July 2019, To register, click here or call (914) 737-7878 ext. 0.

To accommodate various ages, interests and activity levels, registration and pricing for the July excursion has been segmented.   Choose from the options below, or sign up for the full tour:

  • 9 am Putnam History Museum & West Point Foundry Tour: $15
  • 12:30 pm Hudson House Lunch: $40
  • 2:30 pm Hudson River Expeditions Kayak Tour: $30
  • Full Tour: $80