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?
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.