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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

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Address: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
Phone Number: 6105828773
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My wife and I visited Hopewell Furnace NHS. The site is adjacent to a state park giving a wide range of hiking options. We were blown away by how much this park has to offer. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
newlymarriedman12
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Hopewell Furnace NHS. The site is adjacent to a state park giving a wide range of hiking options. We were blown away by how much this park has to offer. The stables, houses, and furnaces were excellent and taught us so much about early American iron manufacturing and life. The dam above the ironworks is... More 

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croydon
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74 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This place has great history. I can't wait to go on a day when there are tour people to tell you more of the history. But just being there took you back in time.

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Thank dawnscookie
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

We didn't plan this visit, but decided to stop as a break from driving, and it was worth the stop. We had time to explore everything and the rangers were quite informative. There are apples that are available for picking, but we opted to explore the grounds and museum instead. Nice history on early Ironworks.

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Thank Evelyn S
Elverson, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a fantastic representation of an 18th century Iron Furnace. During the fall, visitors can collect apples from the orchard.

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Thank David D
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38 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Off the beaten path but well worth a stop. A window of how life was in the 18-19th century in rural setting. This is how the industrialization of America began. Waterwheels; how to make charcoal; black walnut trees; apple picking in the fall (just remember NOT to stand below the apple you want. Excellent gravity demonstration). Great with kids.

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Thank Evelyne T
Washington, DC
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131 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Hidden gem off the beaten path. Well restored 17th/18th century iron manufacturing facilities including a barn, houses and other ancillary buildings. Small visitor center had a small museum with useful site specific history and artifacts. Has a large apple orchard where apples can be picked for $1/pound. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Davidwatts
Smithfield, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We visited here today after seeing the sign on the interstate. Glad we took the detour. The ranger was very personable. The museum in the visitor center was interesting. It was also interesting to learn that the owner of the property went bankrupt because the continental government failed to pay him.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Heritage apple orchard with minimal spraying in keeping with the theme of 18th century iron foundry. The apples were amazing, though not very pretty, the price was right, and the Park Rangers very helpful and enthusiastic. The furnace itself is interesting, the setting is serene, a very nice place for a fall outing

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Thank Joel W
Reading, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Great place to explore for a couple hours. Free! My two favorite things that one could miss: The large (operating) water wheel at the forge building and the "please touch' cottage at the end of the road where I could lay down on a replica rope bed. In late summer and fall they allow apple picking for a fee. Many... More 

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Thank Robin F
Gainesville, Virginia
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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is an unique national historic site on the colonial iron industry including the making of charcoal and smelting aluminum. Start your free visit at the visitor center, walk around the small museum and watch the short movie. From there, you will need to walk down to the encampment. The trails are not paved so good walking shoes are a... More 

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