Things To Do
Visitor Center: First stop should be at the park's Visitor Center. Inside are museum exhibits, restrooms, a bookstore, audio-visual programs and staff who can inform and orient visitors to the site.
Self-Guided Tour: Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of the historic furnace community, enter its many buildings and visit the animals on the farm.
Living History Programs and Demonstrations: Programs are presented during summer months and during special events at other times of the year.
Picnic: Eat under the trees in the park's picnic area or spread out a blanket in the historic apple orchard.
Hike: Walk the many miles of blazed trails and historic roadways that travel through Hopewell and neighboring French Creek State Park.
Watch Wildlife: Enjoy bird watching, deer watching or looking for some of the more reclusive animal species that reside in the park.
Become a Junior Ranger: Children may participate in the park's Junior Ranger Program. Each child receives a booklet in which they answer questions and find important items while they tour the park. Upon completion of the booklet, each child receives a Junior Ranger badge.
Pick Apples: During September and October visitors are allowed to pick from the many historic varieties of apples in the orchard. A charge is collected for the amount of apples picked. (* Unfortunately, the park's apple orchard will not be open for picking during 2014. Weather conditions and other factors have caused the orchard to be unproductive for fruit this growing season. We expect better results from our orchard for the 2015 season.)
Did You Know?
Cold blast charcoal-fired iron furnaces like Hopewell Furnace were in operation in Pennsylvania as early as 1720. Between 1832 and 1840, 32 such furnaces were built in the state. The U.S. census of 1840 recorded 212 charcoal-fired furnaces operating in Pennsylvania that year.