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Tour the Historic Ruins of Rossie’s Factories & Industrial Sites 

Date & Time: October 21, 2023 2:00pm
Location: Town of Rossie, St. Lawrence County

Guided by John Austin. Due to the overwhelming response for this tour, we have scheduled a repeat performance.

Registration required. Please call 315-386-8133 or email to register and receive detailed instructions for the tour. Tour will gather and begin in Rossie. 

$5 suggested donation – members free!

Join John Austin for an exploratory tour of the remains of what once a thriving industrial center in St. Lawrence County- Rossie, NY. David Parish first built a home in Rossie in 1810, establishing the county’s first iron blast furnace in 1813. In the 1830s, lead ore was discovered in the town, resulting in several major lead and iron ore processing facilities that operated until the 1860s. The demand for skilled workers led to a bustling economy in Rossie- a village verging on cityhood, complete with schools, doctors, dentists, coopers, blacksmiths, casket makers, milliners, slaughterhouses, bowling alleys, grist mills, a chair factory and a popular hotel.

By 1865, however, ore deposits were depleted, and manufacturing ended. The population of Rossie dwindled and today only fragments of the grandeur of the mid-19th century remain.

The tour will cover a distance of approximately 1 mile. Some sites will be visited on foot, and some by car. Walking and good shoes are required to fully view all stops, as some of the building remains are located along the riverbank and/or through fields, across uneven ground.

Highlights of the tour include:

-Ruins of the grist mill (1825), iron foundry, and machine shop (1840’s)

-Site of the iron furnace (1813)

-David Parish’s land office (ca 1812)

-David Parish’s house (ca 1810)

-Site of the lead smelter on the river (1838)

-Victoria Lead Mine stack (c. 1830’s)