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Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve & Furnace

Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve

Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve

What: Mine Hill Preserve (National Register of Historic Places), Hiking, Fishing, Cross-Country Skiing
Address: Mine Hill Rd. Roxbury, CT
Website: Roxbury Land Trust
Hours: Daily; Sunrise-Sunset
Admission: Free and open to the public
Description: Mine Hill is the home of a former iron mine.  The abundance of granite found in many of Mine Hill’s quarries provided the building material for the ore roaster and blast furnace, as well as for such world wonders as the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Today the land is maintained by the Roxbury Land Trust and includes 3.5 miles of hiking trails,  a restored blast furnace, roasting ovens, granite quarries, abandoned mine shafts (now home to bats), and a stone bridge.

A detailed history of Mine Hill can be found by clicking here.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveA front view of the blasting furnace, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.   This furnace was once attached to a large wooden structure.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveThe roasting ovens.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveAn inside view of the roasting ovens.

Roxbury Mine Hill - Mine ShaftAn opening to the Mine Shaft.

Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve

Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve

Ventilation Tunnel for the Mine Shaft.  Now home to bats.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveLooking down 3 layers of tunnels.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveAnother opening to the the abandoned mine shafts.

Roxbury Mine Hill PreserveThe largest opening – located along the Donkey Trail.

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  • Your description of the mine at Roxbury Mine Hill Preserve & Furnace is in error. It was not a silver mine. It was an iron mine. Spathic iron is an obsolete term for the mineral species siderite, or iron carbonate.

  • Greetings John,
    I am envolved in a debate with some friends. Was there ever active coal mining in the state of CT?. With early logistics, and the state’s history of manufacturing, it would seem a logical deduction. I cannot find anything on Google.
    Thanks,
    Craig

  • Thanks for the photos and info. As a young child more than 60 years ago, I enjoyed finding quartz and beryl crystals, and of course, siderite in the tip below the main mine mouth. Even explored inside the mine and down a mine vent before the openings were barred. Collected garnets along the unpaved road above the furnace, etc. Piqued a lifelong interest in geology. Someday I will bring my granddaughter to see this piece of (national and personal) history. Again, thanks very much for the images and text.