• Hopewell Furnace Village

    Hopewell Furnace

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

History & Culture

The history of Hopewell Furnace spans two centuries -- from its untouched natural state as a part of the great eastern American forests -- to its rebirth as a recreational and cultural history area. In between are the stories of industrial development, technology, community, craftsmanship, and natural resources that together changed America. In this section of our web site, you can learn more about the many stories Hopewell Furnace has to tell of the history of our nation, people and land.

Bethesda Church

The Apple Orchard at Hopewell Furnace


Hopewell Furnace's Water Wheel

Hopewell's Iron Ore Mines

Hopewell Furnace in the American Revolution

African-Americans at Hopewell Furnace

The Miners of Hopewell Furnace

Woman's Work at Hopewell Furnace

Hopewell Big Woods

Did You Know?

Part of an iron plate of a 1772 produced Hopewell stove.

While England passed laws to keep her American colonies from becoming economically independent, by 1775 no fewer than 22 furnaces (including Hopewell Furnace) operated in Southeastern Pennsylvania alone.