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.
Did You Know?
An iron "Molder" was one of the most skilled and best paid workers in the early iron industry. The best paid iron molder at Hopewell Furnace in 1836 was John Sheeler. He was paid $434.83 for producing enough cast iron stove plates to make 352 1/2 stoves.