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  • National park

General Description
    Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service as one of the finest examples of a restored charcoal burning cold blast iron furnace and its surrounding community. Such "iron plantations" played a crucial role in the development of southeastern Pennsylvania and laid the foundations for the industrial development of this country. Hopewell Furnace operated from 1771 until 1883, spanning several generations of that development, from its infancy in the colonial period to the creation of the steel and railroad industries of the 19th century.

    As an active living history site, Hopewell Furnace features first person interpretation of moulders, colliers, blacksmiths, farmers, cooks, servants, housewives, and members and guests of the Ironmaster''s family. The interpretive program includes an active farm with livestock. In addition, Hopewell Furnace conducts its own charcoal burn twice a year in an effort to preserve the otherwise lost skill of producing charcoal from cord wood while providing the fuel needed for molding & casting and blacksmithing demonstrations. In the fall and the spring Hopewell Furnace is active with guided tours and participatory education programs for hundreds of area school children.

Accessibility Features General Accessibility Features
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Accessible viewing areas or outlooks
  • Accessible picnic tables/areas
Amenities and Lodging
  • Accessible gift shops
Information and Interpretation Features
  • Nature centers, visitor centers and/or museums that are accessible for people using mobility devices
  • Interior exhibits that provide audio description of the written information
  • Interior exhibits with tactile opportunities (such as tactile maps, models and/or objects)
  • Audio visuals with captioning
  • Sign language interpreters available for guided tours and interpretive programs
  • Exhibits located on accessible routes
  • Exhibits that provide audio services of the written information on accessible routes
  • Exhibits with tactile opportunities (such as tactile maps, models, and/or objects) on accessible routes
  • Park brochures readily available in alternate formats (braille, large print, audio, computer disc)
  • Accessible TTY or text telephones available
  • A website in which accessibility information is included