How American Industrialization Began.

Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.

A view of the iron-making village looking towards the Cast House, barn, and Big House.

Discover the historic village

What can you discover at Hopewell Furnace? Every building tells a story!

Cast House in the fog at sunrise

Autumn Ranger Programs

Join a Ranger as they explore the people, innovation, and industrial past of Hopewell Furnace.

Group of four apples hanging from a branch in the orchard.

Apple Picking

Visit the historic orchard at Hopewell Furnace. Have your history and eat it too!

Pile of gold junior ranger pins that say Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Junior Ranger

Explore and learn about Hopewell Furnace to become a Junior Ranger!

Staff and AmeriCorps intern engage with group of homeschoolers about iron making.

Field Trips

Students can explore and learn about the 19th Century iron-making community and its role of industrialization in the growth of the country.

Molder removes metal template from sand mold.

Cast House Demonstrations

Experience life through the eyes of furnace workers as staff reenact 19th Century molding and casting techniques.

A group of four women who participate in the Berks County Gardening Club.

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn how you can volunteer your time and talent at Hopewell Furnace.

Last updated: September 16, 2019

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2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA 19520


(610) 582-8773

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