Penfield Museum is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of the Ironworking Industry in the North Country during the 19th century. This hamlet is listed as the ''Birthplace of the Electric Age'', being the site of the first industrial application of electricity in the United States. This area was instrumental to modern progress and to the efforts in the Civil War.Iron ore was mined just up the road in the hamlet of Hammondville.
From Interstate 87 take exit 28 onto Route 74 east. Travel on Route 74 about 15 miles to the Corduroy Road. There will be signs at the Corduroy Road for the NYS Essex Co. Fish Hatchery & Penfield.