Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is located in Elverson. To visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on your trip to Elverson, use our Elverson sightseeing planner .
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  • Not sure about the reasons for this place to be called "National Historic Site". It is a nice local attraction that hosts some theme shows a few times every year. However, it gets boring after a coupl...  more »
  • First I’d like to thank the wonderful employee at the visitor center. Without asking she helped us find out what places in the local area were open on a Monday during an off-drain visit. She gave us g...  more »
  • I have been here probably 20-30 times. It is closed to where we live. We went with our homeschool group. The guide was terrible. When you have kids guess a year--2 or 3 guesses is appropriate not 20. ...  more »
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  • Hopewell Furnace is a gem tucked away in the rolling hills of Chester county. The park is located less than 30 minutes from Reading next to beautiful French Creek State Park. There are miles of hiking trails weaving through woodlands, fields, and beside gurgling creeks. Many of these trails connect with ones in French Creek to keep the hiker looking for a longer hike happy. At different times thoughout the years the park has Living History days, which provide awesome opportunities to learn about life in the 1700 & 1800's. In the fall there is apple picking (for a small fee) up in the orchards above the visitor center. If you have kids (or like learning as an adult), be sure to check out the Jr. Ranger program! Hopewell Furnace is definitely worth a stop if you love history, nature, or hiking.
  • Beautiful and interesting place! I'd love to go back for an event sometime. But we enjoyed just walking around the grounds. We also took family pictures here and it was a perfect location!
  • Beautifully restored and maintained iron furnace, with surrounding village, including ironmaster's house, barn, blacksmith shop, tenant houses, and other buildings. There are some animals, including a team of horses, sheep, chickens, and some cattle. Well staffed with rangers with a nice visitors center and small gift shop, but not at all commercialized. Volunteers/historic interpreters are also around some days of the week, and some larger events are hosted here a few times a year. This national historic site borders French Creek State Park and has many connecting trails.
  • This place was awesome. the folks were super informed and helpful. There was a lot of well preserved history that I could touch. There was also a horse and possibly chickens. It was a great place! Go visit and walk around
  • This is a great place to learn about turn of the century industry. Everything from the trade of the collier to foundry work. The interpreters know their history and help you learn what you want. The "gift" store is full of informative books and models as well as the regular trinkets.
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