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“BEAUTIFUL landscape rich with history”

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Elverson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I wish I could upload some of the amazing pictures we took here... the landscaping & scenery are just beautiful.
The site is dog-friendly, tho they ask that you not bring your dogs into the buildings. There is even a 'pooch post' outside the administration building!
The staff was friendly & very knowledgeable of the history of the site. There is a LOT to explore here, so take your time & enjoy. Go in, get the map & get the “Voices of Hopewell’ sheet. Several of the buildings have a voice box which gives you a little story to go along with what you are looking at. Listen & enjoy 
Site is open 0900 – 1700 so make sure you get there early, you will need at least 2 hours to see everything & this is if you move at a quick pace. We took our time, did some exploring, asked questions & chatted with the staff, we were there 3 & ½ hours!
There are some farm animals to pet as well, so bring hand sanitizer, esp. if you have kids. It is recommended you wash your hands after petting the farm animals but the bathrooms are not next to the animals.
Overall, this is a great trip for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, history or just walking outside. A def. must see in my book!

Thank Natrona
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Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful location with a lot of interesting history. Some of the displays could have given more background and detail, but overall, a really nice afternoon trip!

Thank JenniferDeee
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Wow (its free, with donations), the short 15 minute movie details life at Hopewell during the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s. It brings Hopewell furnace alive. then you walk around and it feels like you are back in the time period. they have done a wonderful job preserving and allowing visitors a hands on feel to tools and iron casting of that time periond.

In addition, we visited St. Petes Village only a 10 minute drive away. they have big boulders that our teenage kids and myself like to climb on. then get some ice cream and play some old pinball games 2 for 1 for 25 cents....for us old pinball wizards, tilt still works, but they have about 20 pinball machines. worth the visit!!

makes for a super fun afternoon. pack a picnic lunch and enjoy.

Thank PapaKMichigan
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great for hiking and very dog friendly. Animals and sites for kids to see. They have special times during their year when they open their buildings and have people dressed in character.

Thank loveagoodbreakfast
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We visited on a cold day in March since we were looking for something to do. There were about 8 building to look in. There was a minimal amount of walking on a slight hill. There were no activities and no people - we were the only people there. You can walk in the house and a small general store, but with really no items inside to look at. You can push a button to hear a short story of the area you are in, but this entire visit is not really worth the visit as even the furnace and waterwheel are not functioning. All you are able to see if an old house, barn, and a few smaller houses...none of which you can go inside.

Thank Teambono
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