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?
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.