Hopewell Celebrates Iron Plantation Christmas Dec. 4

ELVERSON PA – The annual Iron Plantation Christmas observance in the historic village at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Ln., is planned for Dec. 4 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, its staff announced. The event celebrates the holiday season as historians say it occurred during the 19th century at the furnace.

Visitors will find Christmas was a work day during the early 19th century. Moulders will be in the Cast House, and the blacksmiths will be clanging away. Customs, foods, and traditions of the holiday season from an early American perspective will be on display.

Master gardeners from Berks and Chester counties will guide guests in making holiday ornaments using greens and other natural sprigs to take home. Visitors also will meet Der Belsnickel, a mischievous version of Santa Claus, who rewards good children with treats.

The site preserves the late 18th and early 19th Century setting of an iron-making community, and illustrates the essential role of industrialization in the early growth of the United States. It includes a charcoal-fueled furnace, and its natural and cultural resources. Park facilities are currently open daily Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

For more information call 610-582-8773.

Photo provided by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site