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?
Hopewell Furnace was built initially to supply nearby forges operated by its builder, Mark Bird. The forges heated and hammered the furnace's brittle pig iron bars, driving out much of their contaminate carbon and turning the metal into stronger, more malleable wrought iron.