• Hopewell Furnace Village

    Hopewell Furnace

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Plan Your Visit

If you have one to two hours:

  • Explore the park visitor center/museum which features audio-visual programs, exhibits, and a bookstore.
  • View the 15 minute theater program that presents a history of the Hopewell Furnace community.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the historic community. Enter the historic buildings where interpretive recordings and text will tell you the story of each.
  • Experience living history programs and demonstrations presented during the summer season (late June through Labor Day) that show the work and lifestyles of Hopewell's inhabitants.

If you have more time:

  • Walk (by trails) or drive to historic Bethesda Church (1 mile) and visit this corner of Hopewell's history.
  • During apple harvest season (early September through October) pick your own apples from the park's orchard of historic varieties (a charge per pound is collected for the apples).
  • Hike the park's trails to outlying areas of the park and other public use lands beyond.
  • Attend special events that occur throughout the year.
  • Visit neighboring French Creek State Park and enjoy the many recreational opportunities it offers.
For assistance with planning your visit:

For assistance and further information on planning your visit, you may call 610-582-8773, extension 232. to speak with a member of our visitor center staff. They will be happy to provide more information.

Did You Know?

End view of Cooling Shed and Charcoal House

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.