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Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village

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Address: 251 Curtin Village Road, Howard, PA 16841
Phone Number: 814-355-1982
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Description: Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village is a unique state-owned historical site...
Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village is a unique state-owned historical site in Centre County, PA. It features Pleasant Furnace, the Roland Curtin Mansion and the Worker's Village.Curtin Village was part of a large iron plantation from 1810-1921. Its buildings are preserved so visitors can gain insights into how iron was produced and what life was like in a company town in the 1800s. Guided tours are given on weekends.
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Old Ironworks

History of this place is great with knowlegdeable people. Loved the house with the tours. You used to be able to do self guided of the iron works, but I don't know if they still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
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Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

History of this place is great with knowlegdeable people. Loved the house with the tours. You used to be able to do self guided of the iron works, but I don't know if they still allow this.

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Howard, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

You get a guided tour of the 1830 Curtin Mansion and the authentically restored water wheel powered iron ore furnace called Eagle Ironworks. It has old farm machinery and tools and Civil War PAenna. Gov. Andrew Curtin's personal carriage. Then you can visit the worker's village on your own. Lots of antiques in the mansion, even arrowheads! Cost was inly... More 

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Thanks to budget cuts, the Ironworks and house are rarely open. However, there are plenty of things to do on the grounds if you don't require entertainment. Bring a lunch and eat in the pavilion or picnic in the old worker's village. Fish or tube in Spring Creek, which is right there! This is a gorgeous setting that's surprisingly low... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Central PA was settled by Agriculture and Iron mining and processing. This site is the best place to learn about the Iron process. There are many stonework iron furnace chimney stacks scattered around the region, but, as far as I know, this is the only one where one can learn about the whole works and see how the furnace was... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Just a short distance from the road leading to Bald Eagle State Park, the old ironworks building was amazing to see. I am sorry we didn't get to take a tour. They are only given on weekends now due to government budget cuts. There are a few interesting buildings, including a house to tour, and an old church. Very picturesque.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

We went there today, Monday just to learn they no longer offer tours on the wkdays. So hopefully on out next journey here we can stop by and enjoy the sites.

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Bellefonte, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

It is best to go in the summer months when the Guide Staff us there to take a tour of the house. During cold weather months, its still a great place to take pictures of all the buildings. It helps gain perspective on the way we lived back in the old days!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Went here because my g-g-g-grandfather worked here in the 1800s. It is owned by the Curtin family (Andrew G. Curtin was the governor of Pennsylvania 1861-1867.) With Pennsylvania's cut to state parks, this too has suffered, but is still a beautiful place to visit. The home is amazing with many period pieces inside, and the ironworks itself is extremely interesting.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

This is a gem of a place that is unfortunately a bit off the beaten path (though only a couple miles from I-80!) and understaffed, but it is one of the BEST reconstructed ironworks in the state, if not the country. Shows how an iron plantation worked in the 19th century and has great potential to demonstrate frontier life. Sadly,... More 

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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

What a great out of the way historic spot to visit and learn about the days gone by. It used to be a booming little place, lots of traffic, a working canal and railroad. So much history and the grounds are exeptionally beautiful and well kept. Unfortunately, there isn't much interest for places such as these in today's society so... More 

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