Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site: Located adjacent to the park is a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. Hopewell Furnace serves as an example of an early American ironmaking community. Ore for the furnace was obtained from the local area.
The iron produced was used to make many items including arms used by American patriots during the Revolutionary War period. The air needed to keep the furnace burning was provided by bellows powered by a huge water wheel that gathered its strength from the waters of French Creek.
During summer months, costumed historical interpreters demonstrate, describe and tell the story of Hopewell’s iron-making years (1771-1883). Hopewell Furnace is open to the public daily, from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., throughout the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
For more information, contact:
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA 19520