Welcome to the Penfield Homestead Museum

The Birthplace of the Electric Age

Located in historic Ironville in the Town of Crown Point, NY

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Penfield Museum is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of the Ironworking Industry in the North Country during the 19th century. This hamlet is listed as the "Birthplace of the Electric Age", being the site of the first industrial application of electricity in the United States. This area was instrumental to modern progress and to the efforts in the Civil War.

Iron ore was mined just up the road in the hamlet of Hammondville, separated in Ironville, and then shipped by railroad to Lake Champlain where it was used in many applications including the Civil War Ironclad Monitor.

The Officers, Directors and Members of the Penfield Homestead Museum invite you to visit our cyber-site and explore the wonders of living during this time period. We also encourage you to get the full flavor by visiting us in person.


Look in our Gift Shop for historic books and other gifts

Crown Points' Involvement in the War of the Rebellion


Join us for a walk around the Grounds

A Brief History

of the Electromagnet

in Iron Ore Separating

Look into our Chest of Photos


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Penfield Museum   *   703 Creek Rd, Historic Ironville, Crown Point, NY 12928 *   (518) 597-3804