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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Elverson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
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Memphis, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia
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27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Who knew!? I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and sometimes I am just floored at the amazing places I never knew existed. I love that! So Hopewell was great. The cub scouts camped at out French Creek and hiked over. You must go to the welcome center first - the woman who works there is so friendly and... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A great place to learn about life as it was in the 18th century amongst the farms and forests of southeast Pennsylvania. So good that historic sites such as these have been preserved.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Took a local road trip and came across this place and was amazed at what we found. Beautiful setting and what a source of American history. The visitor center was very nice and the staff was super! They gave us lots of information about the site and the history behind it. The 15 minute video is a must see as... More

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Elverson, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Hopewell provides a good perspective on life in the 19th century. Our favorite times to visit are during demonstrations of the iron working and on sheep shearing day in May. We also enjoy apple picking in the fall. The park relies on volunteers to help since funding is less these days, so do not expect everything to be perfect or... More

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I have heard of the furnace sites, but have never visited one. This was a great place to learn about how people lived in the area a couple hundred years ago. There is a 15 minute introductory film in the visitor center. It isn't long, and it really gives a good background to start from before exploring the buildings. Also... More

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South Jersey
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60 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I've seen many old iron furnace sites, mostly bog iron ones in New Jersey. There are never any signs left of the furnace itself, as the stones were long ago hauled away. The best I've seen is most of stack at Allaire State Park in New Jersey, which is gated off. Hopewell is different. Not only is the whole furnace... More

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Oneida, United States
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Alot of signage to get you to the park is missing due to snow plows, but locals can direct you. It is a lovely drive to the site. I arrived with lots of snow on the ground, therefore I am unsure of handicap accessibility and stroller use. The film in the visitors center really sets the stage for the walking... More

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