A permit is required to conduct certain activities on Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. For most activities, a permit charge is required for processing the activity request. Additional charges may be incurred if the activity necessitates park staff to perform more than administrative action.

Activities that require a permit to be issued before their practice include (but are not exclusive):

  • First Amendment activities
  • Special events (which include such activities as entertainment, ceremonies, weddings, rendezvous, organized recreational events, etc.)
  • Commercial filming and photography (see below)
  • Scientific research and related collecting

For more information or to request a permit for special activities in Hopewell Furnace NHS please contact the park at e-mail us or calling 610-582-8773 during regular business hours.

Commercial Filming and Photography

Commercial motion picture filming always requires a permit.

Commercial photography requires a permit under the following conditions:

Photography occurs outside the normal park hours (after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m.). Please note that the park is closed to public access from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Anyone entering the park to take photographs during closed hours without a permit will be subject to a fine.

Photographer wishes to use areas of the park or parts of buildings normally closed to the public.

Professional models and extensive props or backdrops are to be used.

Commercial Photography Permit Exceptions
Commercial photographers do not need a permit to photograph at Hopewell Furnace NHS under the following conditions:

Photography occurs during normal park hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on certain federal holidays.)

Photography takes place in areas of the park normally open to the public.

Photography does not limit or block public access to park buildings or trails.

Professional models and backdrops are not used.


Last updated: November 25, 2020

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Elverson, PA 19520


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