Description - Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster's mansion, and auxiliary structures. It was founded in 1771 by Ironmaster Mark Bird who operated the furnace until 1883. Hopewell Furnace consists of 14 restored structures in the core historic area, 52 features on the List of Classified Structures and a total of 848 acres. Exhibits and several audiovisual programs provide detailed historical information. Trails provide recreation and an opportunity to see additional historic features such as charcoal hearths. Living history programs, molding & casting demonstrations, self-guided tours, wayside exhibits, audio stations, Junior Ranger programs, special event programs and more are offered. Facilities are handicapped accessible.
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Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site
- This is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster's mansion, and auxiliary structures. Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771 by Ironmaster Mark Bird. The furnace operated until 1883. Designated Hopewell Village National Historic Site August 3, 1938; name changed September 19, 1985. Boundary changes: June 6, 1942; July 24, 1946. Primarily an area that is significant for its cultural resources, Hopewell Furnace consists of 14 restored structures in the core historic area, 52 features on the List of Classified Structures and a total of 848 mostly wooded acres.
Recreation - Exhibits and several audiovisual programs provide information on the history of Hopewell Furnace. The historic furnace complex is toured via a short trail. Additional trails provide recreation and an opportunity to see additional historic features such as charcoal hearths. Living history programs and molding & casting demonstrations during summer months. Self-guided tours using park brochure, wayside exhibits and audio stations. Guided tours / educational programs available for school groups. Junior Ranger Program available at the Visitor Center. The "Little Book for Little Rangers" targets Kindergarten through fourth grade in a treasure hunt format. The Junior Ranger Program for fifth to eighth grade features a short answer booklet.
Visitor center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Some historic structures are also accessible. Wheelchair available for use at park. All video programs are captioned for hearing impaired. Written texts of scripts for audio stations available for use by hearing impaired. Large print brochure available for visually impaired.
Reservations for school groups or other educational groups should be made at least two weeks prior to the visit. Regular guided tours, two types of hands-on tours, and self-guided tours are available. Special Use Permits can be arranged for weddings, etc. at Bethesda Church. Filming permits are arranged on an individual basis.
SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS:
Black History Month program in February; Women's History Month program in March; Sheep Shearing in May; Living History program and Molding & Casting demonstrations (June - Labor Day); Establishment Day - crafts demonstrators and charcoal burn (first weekend in August); Apple Harvest Day - crafts demonstrators and living history programs (last weekend in September); Apple Sales (September - October); "They Were What They Ate" -- 19th Century program (October); Iron Plantation Christmas in December. See Calendar of Events on Home Page for details. Call park headquarters for more information and for specific dates and times for all of the above: (610) 582-8773(voice); (610) 582-2093 (TDD).
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. This area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).
The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is located off of Route 345, south of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and north of Route 23.