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The Schuylkill River Greenways map is divided by Trailheads, Trail Towns and Places to Visit.
Nestled in an area rich with iron ore, abundant woodland for charcoal, limestone, and waterways to provide power, lies Joanna Furnace — a historic remnant of Berks County’s thriving early iron industry. Joanna was a cold blast, single stack, charcoal iron furnace most of her life. Water powered until the mid 1850’s, Joanna used steam power after that. At the 1898 death of the ironmaster, L. Heber Smith, the furnace was never again operated.
In 1979 Bethlehem Mines donated the site to the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association.
Located in a historic district