By Robert B. Gordon
This booklet examines the economic ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal power assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from commercial panorama to pastoral countryside.
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In 1767 they appealed to the General Assembly for a loan of £1,200 to cover their operating costs. When this proved insufficient, they mortgaged part of the property and again 30 A Landscape Transformed appealed to the assembly. Meanwhile, they had gotten in debt to Richard Smith, a Boston merchant and shipowner knowledgeable in the iron trade, for store merchandise. To settle this debt, the Caldwell brothers sold Smith a 17/32 furnace share in 1768. Further difficulties followed, and Smith gained control of the Caldwells' furnace property with a payment of £832.
Map of the roads from the Kent mine to bloomery forges (indicated by square symbols) that depended on this mine for their ore. Town roads ran from the mine to the Morgan forge and to the New Preston Turnpike. At New Preston teamsters transferred to the New Milford &* Litchfield Turnpike. for most bridges. They placed piers to carry a series of trestles across the larger streams. The Housatonic was the most difficult to cross. Burrall's Bridge, erected in 1760 just below the Great Falls, first offered Salisbury and Canaan residents a way over, rather than through, the river.
Edward Cogswell, using ore from the Kent Mine, operated a bloomery from 1745 until about 1800 in New Preston, making iron for blacksmiths and manufacturing tools and farm equipment (see fig. 9 Bloomeries could be located in the very center of a village. Cogswell's was on the east side of the East Aspetuck River on the north side of the crossroads that marked the center of New Preston. New settlers in the Salisbury district who speculated in real estate while investing in ironworks could easily get themselves into burdensome debts.