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The West Point Foundry Preserve, in the village of Cold Spring, NY, is sited amidst the ruins of a long-defunct iron works that supplied major artillery for the United States government in the nineteenth century. Today, an almost magical woodlands has reclaimed the land, protected from development as an “outdoor museum” by Scenic Hudson. On this, my first visit, I found the transformation of a once bustling, belching, noisy, and polluting armaments manufacturing complex into a scene of pristine natural beauty good medicine for the soul.
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