Operating Hours & Seasons
During this summer season (June 15 - late August) Hopewell Furnace NHS will be fully open daily from 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. During other times of the year the park 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 staffing is available 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?
An iron "Molder" was one of the most skilled and best paid workers in the early iron industry. The best paid iron molder at Hopewell Furnace in 1836 was John Sheeler. He was paid $434.83 for producing enough cast iron stove plates to make 352 1/2 stoves.