Mitchell Iron Ore Mines and Granger Forge

The Chittenden Historical Society will meet on April 9, 2024 at 7:00 PM at The Grange, 3 Middle Road, Chittenden to view the video of the Society’s last hike to the Mitchell Iron Ore Mines. Allen Hitchcock was the guide.

On April 20, 2024 The Society will meet at 9:30 AM at 124 West Road, Chittenden to once again hike to the mines and to view the ruins of Granger Forge. Did you know that Vermont at one time was a national leader in the production of iron, and copper? In the 19th century most towns had at least one operating furnace or mill. These were engaged in the manufacture of iron, working the ore into wrought iron at small bloomery forges, or smelting ore into cast iron in tall blast furnaces. These early forges dotted the banks of streams and rivers, answering the needs of early Vermont settlers.

Join us as we explore and learn about the links from iron ore to completed stoves in Chittenden and Pittsford.