Known as the "Birthplace of the Electric Age," the hamlet of Ironville is the site of the first industrial application of electricity in the U.S. View a replica of the large electro magnet, now housed in the Smithsonian, which was purchased by Allen Penfield from its inventor Joseph Henry for use at the ironworks in 1831. The Federal-style Penfield Homestead was built in 1827 by Allen Penfield whose son, Captain James Penfield, was a Union officer in the Civil War.
The museum features original artifacts from the Penfield family and other historic Crown Point homes, as well as exhibits covering the local iron industry, town history and involvement in the Civil War. The historic district includes the hamlet of Ironville and the industrial remains of Crown Point Iron Company works.
Open: Mid-May-Mid-Oct, Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm. Admission Fee.