Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
How American Industrialization Began.
Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.
This summer season (2012), Hopewell Furnace NHS is fully open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At other times of the year it is fully open Wednesday through Sunday, 9.a.m. to 5.pm. including
federal holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, M. L. King, and Presidents Day. On non-summer Mondays and Tuesdays, the park's historic buildings and visitor center are closed, but its grounds, parking lot and restrooms remain open for public use..
During the park's summer season (June through August), visitors can experience the lifestyles and operations of the historic iron making community through demonstrations and living history programs. Activities occur on days the historic buildings are open and vary from day to day.
During September and October the park's historic apple orchard is opened for picking by the public. The park's orchard includes many historic varieties not normally available in today's markets. Length of season and availability of varieties depends upon the success of the growing season. The apples are sold by the pound.