Burden Iron Works Museum

In 1822, Scottish immigrant Henry Burden began working at the Troy Iron and Shoe Factory in Troy, New York. Burden eventually gained ownership of the company, and it came to be known as Burden Iron Works. This factory experienced a boom during the American Civil War since it was the Union Army’s primary horseshoe producer. The ironworks also manufactured the hull plates used on the USS. Monitor, the first ironclad ship in the US Navy. In 1934, Burden Irons Works Co. filed for bankrupcy. Today, the former Burden Iron Works headquarters building houses the Burden Iron Works Museum. The museum’s largest artifacts are a Corliss steam engine and a ladle cart. Other displays include iron, bells, and textiles to highlight northern New York’s industrial history.