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
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