And when I have broken the staff of your life, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven - Leviticus 26:26
Not this time. There was a forbidding looking chain across the entrance but otherwise a short, slightly-downhill path led to the site complete with an informational sign tellin the story of the oven.
In 1891 or so Alfred Dolge, a local industrialist, built a railroad from Little Falls to the uncreatively named Dolgeville.To do the construction he brought over a group of bachelor Italian immigrants who gathered in camps. The ovens were used to bake bread - often 150 loves a day. You can read more about about it here and there is a brief Wikipedia mention here.
The construction appears to be that of a standard stone cobb-type
Preserve our Past. I hope they are able to do more.
Makes me glad that people are taking an interest in this type of history. I knew ovens of this type existed in the old world, but never heard of one here.
If you are in the area, it's worth a quick stop.