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Celebrate the Summer with Establishment Day and other Programs at Hopewell Furnace

Jul 28, 2017 • by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Wool-spinning demonstration

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is happy to announce it is now open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until Saturday, October 14. In addition to offering programs daily, on Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hopewell Furnace will celebrate its 79th birthday with Establishment Day.  The legislation creating Hopewell Furnace NHS was signed into law on August 3, 1938.Establishment Day provides opportunities for visitors to step back in time, experiencing facets of daily life in the 1820s and ‘30s, the heyday of the furnace. There will be weaving and spinning demonstrations, molding demonstrations, and demos on cooking with cast iron Dutch ovens. Our volunteer colliers will be demonstrating the fine art of making charcoal, lighting the pile at 11:00 am. After a short presentation, there will be birthday cake at 2:00 pm.Programs and special events will be offered throughout the summer. The highlight of weekends at Hopewell Furnace are molding and casting demonstrations (dependent on staffing). The historic Village Store will be open on a daily basis, offering 19th C games, crafts, and Hopewell charcoal for sale. There will be staff in the historic village daily, providing programs, answering questions and sharing insights of the community, its history, and the process of making iron. Finally, the fall is ushered in with apple picking. For over 30 years Hopewell Furnace has offered apple picking ($1.00 a pound) of numerous heritage varieties. Come join in the fun this summer!Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves and interprets an early American industrial landscape and community.  Showcasing an iron making community and its surrounding countryside, Hopewell Furnace was active from 1771 to 1883. The park’s facilities are currently open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  Hopewell Furnace is located five miles south of Birdsboro, PA, off of Route 345.  Admission to the park is free.  For more information, stop by the park’s visitor center, call 610-582-8773, or visit the park’s web site at

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