Operating Hours & Seasons
During this summer season (June 15 - late August, 2013) Hopewell Furnace NHS fully open daily from 9 a.m. to 5.pm. During other seasons of the year Hopewell Furnace is fully open Wednesday through Sunday, 9.a.m. to 5.p.m. including federal holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, M. L. King and President's Day. On Monday's and Tuesday's during non-summer season, the park's historic buildings and visitor center are closed, but its grounds, parking lot and restrooms remain open for public use.
During the park's summer season (June - 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, 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.