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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Address: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Elverson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
Hours:
Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
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511 reviews 511 reviews
321 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
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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Athens, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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21 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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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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9 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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248 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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