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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

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Address: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
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Hopewell furnace

Great place to visit. Lots of history here. Re inactment in the summer time. Also farm animals Good place to hike

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to visit. Lots of history here. Re inactment in the summer time. Also farm animals Good place to hike

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stopped here on our way home to Baltimore from Reading. We are park entusiasts and will stop anytime we are even somewhat near a NPS unit. We really didn't have any expectations when coming here, we just knew that it was an old iron plantation. The video in the visitor's center is a great place to start. It gives... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Another fun and educational national park! It's not far outside of Philly, but it feels farther because of how winding and small the roads are to get to it. But it's worth it if you enjoy learning about the history and culture of the area! It's one of the iron foundries that helped during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

These days, it's hard to get kids to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Tell them that they might" have" to learn something in the process could bring contemptuous sighs. This should be no problem at Hopewell Furnace. The visitors center is well laid out and has plenty of interesting historic pieces to not just view, but some to hold and... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

When we arrived it was 10 minutes before closing time but the man told us we could still go out. In ten minutes he would start closing up the buildings). He told us after he finished his rounds he would unlock the gate for us. This iron plantation operated from 1771 - 1883. Many of the buildings are open for... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

I visited Hopewell Furnace with my parents and my two children (5 and 6 years old). We all really enjoyed our visit. Watch the video. I learned much that I didn't know about iron making and its influence on American history. We not only learned about the iron making process, but also about the lives of the people involved. The... More 

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Ottawa, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We spent 90 minutes on self-guided tour and that was in drizzle so you could allow 2 hours to visit. Be sure and take the 15 minute video before you tour the grounds. Several buildings to go thru on your own. I would think during the summer they would have guided tours. A small interesting museum in visitors center along... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The park is about 20 miles west of Limerick, PA and a beautiful countryside drive out there. We visited on a Thursday morning and it was pretty quite people-wise. The park itself is very serene and the staff were very personable. Great piece of history on the forging process and really amazing what they did there. There is a small... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are a history buff, then Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is a must. The site is nestled in the French Creek Park area and captures a part of our history. Run by the friendly folks of the National Parks Service (your tax dollars at work), the site is all about the early days of the industrial revolution. The... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is out of the way when visiting Pennsylvania but well worth the visit. It demonstrates a vital part of our history.

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