Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

The Industrial Revolution was powered by hardworking men and women in furnace communities, like the one you can explore when visiting Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Overseeing these feudal communities was an ironmaster who acted as a financier, taskmaster, and human resource department. When you visit Hopewell, learn how this self-sufficient community pulled together in good times and bad to keep the furnace going to power the revolution that changed so many lives. Tour the historic community and learn about the different required jobs that were often dirty and dangerous. The gently rolling hills at this site near Elverson, Pennsylvania, are also a fantastic place to explore nature. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

The visitors center is a great place to start your visit because you will want to see the museum exhibits, listen to the audio programming, and ask the staff questions. Check the calendar to see what special events and demonstrations will be occurring during your visit. Then, take the self-guided tour of Hopewell. Help feed the farm animals and pick the apples when they are ripe in September and October. 

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How To Get To Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

It is straightforward to get to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Get on Pennsylvania 23 West and go until you reach St. Peters Road. Turn right. Then, turn left onto Harmonyville Road. Finally, veer a slight right to get on Hopewell Road, which becomes Clement Brook Lane. Your destination will be on the left. 


2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520 

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

Iron and steel were essential commodities fueling the Industrial Revolution. Most were produced in company towns, like the one restored at Hopewell Furnace Historic Site. Learn more about how steel was made by touring this site. The best time to visit is often in the fall when the heritage apples ripen. You can pick them for an additional fee. This site sits next to French Creek State Park, which has a lake and many hiking trails. You can find great places to shop and dine near this location. Valley Forge is located only 23 miles away, so it is easy to combine both sites into a single trip when you bring your RV. Bringing your RV allows you great flexibility in where you go and what you see. If you do not have an RV, rent one on RVshare.com.