The Schuylkill River Greenways map is divided by Trailheads, Trail Towns and Places to Visit.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster’s mansion, and auxiliary structures. Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771 by Ironmaster Mark Bird and operated until 1883.
Primarily an area that is significant for its cultural resources, Hopewell Furnace consists of 14 restored structures in the core historic area, 52 features on the List of Classified Structures, and a total of 848 mostly wooded acres. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is surrounded by French Creek State Park which preserves the lands the furnace utilized for its natural resources.
Year round, you can see a film, check out the exhibits in the museum, talk with a ranger, and shop at the bookstore. Take a self-guided tour and experience “Voices of Hopewell,” an audio program that brings to life the villagers who lived and worked here. Kids will enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger Program and visiting a flock of sheep and horses, Cluey and Maude.
Hopewell Furnace’s visitor center and historic buildings are open Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; the grounds are open every day. Don’t miss Hopewell Furnace – you will have a blast! The park is now fee free.