Hopewell Furnace - Six mile hike and historic tour

The iron industry in America got its start in 17th century New England. Iron production didn't begin in Pennsylvania until 1716, but it grew quickly and by middle of the 18th century, Pennsylvania was the premier iron producer for the colonies. This continued for more than a century. By 1840, there were over 200 iron forges and furnaces in Pennsylvania.

Hopewell Furnace operated from 1771 to 1883. During the Revolutionary War, Hopewell Furnace produced cannons and cannonballs for the Continental Army and Navy. Now preserved as a National Historic Site, Hopewell Furnace provides a wonderful look back into the early American iron industry that helped transform America into an industrial powerhouse.  


Please join Sonya and I for our latest "Hike in Time"

Description: We will hike on the surrounding trails, then tour Hopewell Furnace.

Distance:      6-7 miles

Difficulty:     Moderate (some elevation gain)

Duration:     4-5 hrs

GPS Coordinates:

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Google Map:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.2068200+-75.7728000&ie=UTF-8&ei=t4bIUoi2I4TfsASFj4G4DA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg


Optional Post Hike Refreshments:

Stoppers (approximately 8 miles from Hopewell Furnace) - 6421 Perkiomen Avenue, Birdsboro, PA 19508


Bring sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, water & snacks 

Sorry, no children and no pets. 
Heavy rain/snow will cancel hike.

For further information or directions e-mail: [masked] or contact us via Meetup



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  • Shirley M

    Much better without six inches of snow on the ground. Great time as always!

    April 13, 2014

  • Ken K.

    Up to the usual standards. Dave and Sonya, you spoil us!

    April 13, 2014

  • Rita

    5 Star Day!!! Excellent trail - good pace for various levels - Hopewell Furnace was interesting to explore

    April 13, 2014

  • Debbie

    My first meetup with Sonya and Dave....am so happy I finally met this group! Thank you, Sonya and Dave, for a great and informational hike....was a great experience!

    April 13, 2014

  • Sonya I.

    Thanks for the pics Debbie!!! There are some really nice hots!!

    April 13, 2014

  • Katt

    Fast paced and fun ! Thanks so much!

    April 13, 2014

  • Marta j.

    Enjoyed the hike. It Was a great. group. Really friendly.enjoyed the conversations along the way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Marianne G

    Wonderful getting out to enjoy the beautiful day and hike with everyone. Thanks, Sonya and Dave for a great hike.

    April 13, 2014

  • Michael

    Excellent as always!

    April 13, 2014

  • Dennis

    Dave and Sonya, Thanks for the history and a great hike !

    April 13, 2014

  • Dave I.

    We would like to thank everyone who came out for the Hopewell Furnace hike today. It was a beautiful spring day. We had lots of fun with the whole gang. We hope see everyone again real soon.

    Sonya and Dave

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • kelly

    lots of fun

    April 13, 2014

  • Susan B.

    Great hike and historic overview. Love the fast pace Dave. We had a great time and learned some interesting new facts.

    April 13, 2014

  • Theresa

    So glad that decided to come as had never hiked that part of Hopewell Village. Appreciative that Dave told Mike not to try it. We will see you at the cemetery entrance to Neversink as we will be there having our Wawa coffee and newspaper about the time you start the hike waiting for the group.

    April 13, 2014

  • elisha

    So sorry. Was really looking forward to this. Hope to hike soon.

    April 13, 2014

  • Anita G.

    I will call if it looks like I can though doubtful...but hopefully someone else can take advantage.

    April 13, 2014

  • Anita G.

    Rotten for me....great for someone else...After a bad night of sleep the previous night I figured I would get a good night's sleep last night. Helped babysit my sister's three kids under age of 5 all day yesterday....things did not go as I expected (hah!) including didn;t get to sleep until after midnight....don;t plan on me..if I even get there I will go on my own..I am so disappointed again. I don;t have time to get my things together before my previous Sunday appt and still be there on time for sure..... :( :( :(

    April 13, 2014

  • Theresa

    Am coming alone. Mike is going to enjoy watching baseball game this afternoon.

    April 13, 2014

  • Betsy M.

    Sorry, I can't make it, so it opens up a spot. Have fun! I LOVE Hopewell and I'm going to miss the talks and company. Cheers!

    April 12, 2014

  • Rita

    Hello all - I will be coming, but my guest cannot make it. So, there will be an extra spot.

    April 11, 2014

  • kathy

    I have to see the tax man tomorrow and will not be able to join - sorry for the late notice but I just found out myself.
    So one spot has opened.

    April 11, 2014

    • Dave I.

      No problem, but the hike is Sunday.

      April 11, 2014

  • Theresa

    We are still coming, just won't be able to eat out afterwards due to having to be back by 6 p.m. and stopping off at home to get changed quickly.

    April 11, 2014

  • Nancy

    Friend would love to go as well so can youu make mine for 2?

    April 11, 2014

  • eric s.

    Dave & Sonya: Unfortunately have to pull out due to a bum calf issue, but that opens 2 spots for others. Enjoy!

    April 11, 2014

  • Dave I.

    Hey Gang,

    The weather man is calling for mid 70s and sunny on Sunday. After such a long and snowy winter, that is music to my ears. The hike is currently full with 5 people listed as “want a spot”, so if you are not able to attend, please update your RSVP ASAP.

    Please verify your directions and give yourself enough time to get there for 12:00p. Sonya and I look forward to seeing everyone.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    April 11, 2014

  • Nancy

    I see a spot opened up. Like to bring a friend. Is that possible

    April 7, 2014

  • Nancy

    Would love to do this hike. Pls let me know if anything opens up. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    April 6, 2014

  • kathy

    HI, I'm looking forward to this hike. It's great to look forward to many more weekends that are pleasant and.

    April 6, 2014

  • April

    I got scheduled to work. :( but I look forward to the hike on the 6th of April.

    April 5, 2014

  • Anita G.

    NEver mind...didn;t know what Stoppers was

    March 17, 2014

  • Anita G.

    OK Hopefuly this time there will be no more snow....AND I will get there right after church! DO you plan to do dinner or something afterwards?

    March 17, 2014

  • April

    Hello, I am looking forward to this hike. I am glad the weather is getting nicer

    March 16, 2014

  • Steve

    Will be in recovery mode. Bummer! Next one.

    March 16, 2014

  • Michael

    Absolutely...

    March 16, 2014

  • Michael

    Looking forward to a bit longer hike without the snow.

    March 16, 2014

    • Sonya I.

      And going to Stopper's.....

      March 16, 2014

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