Five scheduled over summer months

Scenic Hudson will offer free guided tours of West Point Foundry Preserve in July, August and September, as well as two evening lantern tours. The first 90-minute tour is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, and the first lantern tour for 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.

The foundry manufactured cannons known as Parrott guns that are generally credited with helping the North win the Civil War. It also made some of the nation’s first steam engines and pipes for New York City’s water system. The site includes life-size photographs that depict the interiors of several foundry buildings.

Other daytime tours will be held Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, The second lantern tour is on  Aug. 18. Each tour is limited to 25 people; reservations can be made at A mobile, self-guided tour is available at

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