I have to admit that I was very surprised by our visit to Hopewell Furnace. We live in the area and needed something to do with 5 and 7 year old boys (read: burn off energy). So, on a hot July day we decided to check out Hopewell Furnace.
The site is situated in a very pretty part of the PA countryside, and there weren't many people. We picked up the junior ranger scavenger hunt sheets at the Visitor Center and got started.
The site isn't huge, and it can be tough to imagine all of the activity that once took place. But, my kids really enjoyed it. I can't put my finger on why -- maybe it was because of the history, or the number of buildings you could go into, or the historical signs on the property that described the site...whatever it was, they enjoyed it despite the heat.
Overall, the site is another example of the National Park Service being one of America's greatest resources for families.
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