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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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George Got his Cannonballs Here!

The beauty of the National Park Service is that they preserve parts of our history that would be lost to us forever if not for their great work. This iron furnace was active... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Washington Township, New Jersey
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Washington Township, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The beauty of the National Park Service is that they preserve parts of our history that would be lost to us forever if not for their great work. This iron furnace was active during the late 1700's and 1800's, providing various items (including cannonballs). It opened right before the American Revolution. The NPS has demonstrations of the trade,. However, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here after visiting French Creek State Park and literally asked the park ranger what is there to do here. Both he and the volunteer were very nice and informative. It is a great place to walk all around and try to grasp what a iron furnace was like in the 18 and 19th centuries. The site is beautiful... More 

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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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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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