Hopewell Furnace in Elverson One of 21 National Parks to Visit in Pennsylvania

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson, one of 21 national parks in Pennsylvania, offers visitors interested in industrial history the chance to see a restored iron plantation, writes Harriet Comley for travel2next

The ironmaking company called Hopewell Furnace opened in 1771 and remained in operation until 1883 when the production of steel made ironmaking obsolete. 

Hopewell Furnace was more than an ironmaking facility. It was a self-contained community with worker’s houses, church, general store, and even an apple orchard. 

Today, visitors can take a self-guided walking tour to see the cold blast furnace, ironmasters, and the blacksmith’s shop. The 1782 Bethesda Church and the community store are also on the must-see list. 

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is guaranteed to provide a brilliant historic day outing for the entire family. 

Read more about the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in travel2next

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