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Claiming a colorful past as an iron-mining and forging center, Ringwood has been described as “more a company than a town, and more a tradition than a company.” The iron-rich Ramapo Mountains were responsible for Ringwood's early importance as a mining and forging center. The first forge was built in 1739; by 1771 it had become the lucrative, London-based American Iron Co. Wealthy mine and forge owners built homes on vast tracts of land.
When the Revolutionary War erupted, ironmaster Robert Erskine sided with the Colonies and became the surveyor general for the Continental Armies. Meanwhile his forges worked overtime turning out munitions, cannons and most of the huge chain that was stretched across the Hudson to prevent British ships from reaching West Point. The Ringwood iron mine continued to produce until 1931.

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