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Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village

251 Curtin Village Road, Howard, PA 16841
814-355-1982
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Howard
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village is a unique state-owned historical site in Centre County, PA. It features Pleasant Furnace, the Roland Curtin... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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central PA and London
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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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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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State College
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95 reviews 95 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

I went there with a group, and we had a very thorough tour of the mansion, the iron works and the workers' village. I found the mansion interesting, but what really fascinated me were the vast ironworks. I understand that most of it is not original, but it's still a wonderful learning experience. Unfortunately the opening hours are far too... More

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Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

Neat to see the ironworks building complete with furnace and water aqueduct chutes still in place.

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