Our mission at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is to provide for the public enjoyment of Hopewell Furnace through a range of learning and recreational opportunities; to preserve and protect the old Furnace, Mansion House, and other resources that define the natural and cultural landscape known as Hopewell; and interpret and share the history of Hopewell and its people.
Learn how the National Park Service accomplishes this mission. Explore what is being planned for the furture, but first check out what happened last year by reading the annual report.
Did You Know?
Charcoal was the fuel used to fire early iron furnaces like Hopewell. Entered along with iron ore and limestone, the burning charcoal inside the furnace produced temperatures as high as 3000 degrees. The resulting hot metal would be fluid enough to pour into sand molds to make "cast iron" products.