Change to Park Hours Effective September 9
Please note effective September 9, 2013, the park's visitor center and historic buildings are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but its grounds, parking lot and restrooms remain open for public use.
Draft Purpose and Significance Statements
The purpose of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is to preserve and interpret iron plantation life and operations, and to enhance public understanding of the American evolution of American iron-making and its impact on the region and the nation.
Draft Statement of Significance
Hopewell Furnace NHS is the most complete, extant iron plantation illustrating over 100 years of American iron manufacturing, spanning charcoal fueled, bloomery technology through anthracite-fueled, hot blast technology.
Hopewell Furnace NHS provides an unparalleled opportunity to enhance public understanding of American iron-making from the American Revolution to the rise of the steel industry.
Hopewell Furnace NHS historic, cultural and natural resources – including its extensive archives and collections – provide a unique and authentic stage illustrating the evolution of iron and iron-making, and its impact on the environment, economy, industry, society, and ultimately on contemporary America.
Did You Know?
Charcoal, sometimes still smoldering from its recent manufacture, was first placed under the "Cooling Shed" and allowed to lower in temperature before being shoveled into the "Charcoal House". This helped guard against accidental fire that could consume all of Hopewell Furnace's fuel.