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?
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.