Operating Hours & Seasons
This summer season (2012), Hopewell Furnace NHS is fully open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At other times of the year it is fully open Wednesday through Sunday, 9.a.m. to 5.pm. including
During the park's summer season (June through August), visitors can experience the lifestyles and operations of the historic iron making community through demonstrations and living history programs. Activities occur on days the historic buildings are open and vary from day to day.
During September and October the park's historic apple orchard is opened for picking by the public. The park's orchard includes many historic varieties not normally available in today's markets. Length of season and availability of varieties depends upon the success of the growing season. The apples are sold by the pound.
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.