Hopewell Furnace Plans Aug. 3 Birthday Party

ELVERSON PA – Hopewell Furnace, one of a small number of national parks devoted to the country’s industrial history, will observe its 81st birthday – known as Establishment Day – as a National Park Service facility on Aug. 3 (Saturday), and it’s inviting the public to join in its celebration.

The free event marks Aug. 3, 1938, as the day what was originally known as Hopewell Village National Historic Site, at 2 Mark Bird Ln. in Elverson, became part of the park service. Congress changed the park’s name to Hopewell Furnace in 1985. It continues to preserve and interpret an early American industrial landscape and iron-making community. Hopewell Furnace was active from 1771 to 1883.

Activities across the historic site run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programs and demonstrations (at top) staged throughout the site are scheduled to include moulding and casting demonstrations in the cast house, weaving and spinning, and cast iron cooking. A wood pile (below) will be lit at 10 a.m. for its summer charcoal demonstration.

A special 2 p.m. program is planned to commemorate Hopewell Furnace’s founding, its role in the iron industry, and its significance as a national park. The presentation will end with cutting of a birthday cake.

Park facilities are currently open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Hopewell Furnace is located five miles south of Birdsboro PA, off of Route 345. Admission to the park is free. For more information, call 610-582-8773.

Hopewell Furnace Plans Aug. 3 Birthday Party

Photos from the National Park Service via Hopewell Furnace