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.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is currently in the process of planning the future course of the park. A General Management Plan to guide the park's efforts for the next several years is in development. To learn more about this management plan and how it is formed, continue in this section and review the developmental process and draft documents now under consideration.
Learn the possibilities for improving ease of access and circulation to Hopewell Furnace from the best Transportation Designers in the United States. The Volpe Center:
Discover the breath and depth of Hopewell Furnace's Landscape and Buildings. Learn about the stuff that makes Hopewell Furnace nationally and internationally important. Check out Robinson & Associates Inc. Hopewell Furnace Historic Resources Study. [pdf - 18.2mb]
Find out what a Cultural Landscape is. It results from the changes industry and mankind makes to the natural landscape. The National Park Service has created its own designed landscape through historic restorations of buildings, roads and other aspects of the historic scene. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site's Cultural Landscape Report [Vol 1 (large pdf - 197mb), Vol 2 (pdf - 32mb)] and Cultural Landscape Inventory (pdf - 23mb) articulate these changes.
Ever wonder why a visitor comes to Hopewell?
International Dark Sky Reserve Application The Schuylkill Highlands, Hopewell Big Woods, and the Pennsylvania Lighting Council encourage you to take part in the International Dark-Sky Reserve Program. Click on the link above for more information and an application for proposed Hopewell Big Woods Dark-Sky Reserve.
Click on here to see an Inventory of the Herpetofauna at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.
Click here to see Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site's Strategic Plan for Managing Invasive Exotic Vegetation. Below are Appendices for this plan.
Did You Know?
Iron, like that made at Hopewell Furnace, was the principal metal for use in most applications during the 18th and most of the 19th centuries. Only after the development of large scale production of steel through the Bessemer process did steel overtake iron as the common metal in most products.