• Hopewell Furnace Village

    Hopewell Furnace

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Junior Ranger Program


NPS Illustration.

Artist's rendering of historic objects and structures at Hopewell Furnace NHS.

Young people can become more involved in the National Park experience by participating in the Junior Ranger Program. At each park, materials are available to help participants learn more about that area. Hopewell Furnace NHS has three levels of materials for young visitors to select from (covering ages 3 - 14), depending on their learning level. Each includes objects to locate and questions to answer regarding the history of the site. When the materials are completed, they can be brought to the visitor center where a park ranger or volunteer will check the results and award the new Junior Ranger with an official Junior Ranger badge from Hopewell Furnace NHS.

Did You Know?

Replica cannon of the type made at Hopewell during the revolution.

Early in the American Revolution, colonial ordnance inspector Daniel Joy conducted a sort of school for Pennsylvania ironmasters on the proper method of casting cannon. As a result, in 1776-77 approximately 100 "great guns" were cast at Hopewell Furnace and accepted by the Continental Navy.