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Beacon, New York

Old Beacon Hat Mill

A 19th century hat factory still stands as a crumbling ruin in upstate New York. 

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Since it was established in 1879, this old mill has been repurposed over the past century to suit the ever-changing industries of Beacon, New York. It has changed many hands throughout its lifetime.

Some of the last companies that operated here were The Merrimac Hat Company, which sold the property in 1949. After that, Beacon Terminals Corporation owned the property and it was used as a warehouse. In the 90s, the property was acquired by real estate developer William S. Ehrlich and has been in increasing states of ruin ever since.

 

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The ruins sit on the Madam Brett Park, which has lookouts and hiking trails that connect with the Dennings Point Ruins, about a 15-minute walk to the north.

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