How American Industrialization Began.
Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.
Did You Know?
It is believed that at the beginning of the American Revolution, furnaces in England's American colonies were producing 15% of the world's production of iron, more than England herself. Hopewell Furnace began production in 1771, four years before the outbreak of the revolution.