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“Iron plantantion”

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Elverson
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
2,743 reviews
1,445 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,515 helpful votes
“Iron plantantion”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Pros: cast demonstration, well preserved water wheel, apple picking ($1=1LB), nice rangers and no fee entrance.
Very often these historical parks pretend to be historical but they are tacky. This one is historical accurate and very interesting.
The cast demonstration is nice. I learned a lot about all the process.
In the visitor center they have a documentary about the life in the iron plantation.
There are several trails around.

Visited September 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit and apple picking!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We brought the entire family (23+ pp ages 8-77). The area is very green but there is a lot of walking so I recommend bringing water bottles. We enjoyed some root beers from the old fashioned gift shop/general store. There was also a few people dressed in period clothes and one guy riding a wooden sled pulled by two horses. A few of the people in our group went apple picking for $1/lb. The apples were small and tart, but they had fun nonetheless.

I didn't see any hot food, but there was packaged snacks and candy in the visitor's center and gift shop

Visited August 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
Level 6 Contributor
212 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Step back into our past”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

A great place to visit! The Park Rangers are nice and are very knowledgeable as is the rest of the park staff. The site is old, but very well maintained considering the age. There is a small museum in the welcome center that you can look at artifacts found at the site and some videos to explain what was done there in the past.

There is lots to see and lots more to do if you go on the weekends. The park offers many demonstrations throughout the year and during weekends. I recommend visiting during the foundry days or when the staffers dress in period costumes.

Kids can also complete the junior park ranger program and get a cool jr ranger badge. Even if they can't find all the answers the Park Rangers help.

The park is connected to French Creek via several trails if you want to go by foot.

A must see for anyone interested about Berks County history!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank crutt13
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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Was more than I expected!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

I was surprised by this park. I went there expecting an old furnace and maybe an old house. I was pleasantly surprised when i walked around the park, looking through several of the well preserved homes and leaning some cool history. The property is well kept and worth the trip to visit. I liked it here alot and would visit again!

Visited August 2013
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Exton, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A historic gem”
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This place exceeded our expectations. Very interesting to learn about early iron making and it's role in our country's development. Well preserved historic site. Our Teenager found it very interesting and it was free. Plan on an hour and half.

Visited August 2013
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