Welcome to the website of The Friends of Hopewell Furnace NHS. Hopewell Furnace, located in Union Township, Berks County on PA Route 345 is just south of French Creek State Park. The NHS presents a restored iron plantation of the late 18th and early 19th century to show how early American industry helped found our nation and how the craft and labor workers lived.
The Friends support the NHS personnel and assist with park programs and pursue a mission of education on the early ironmaking enterprise. Our website provides information on the activites of the Friends in support of the NHS and background on some specific areas of interest - see the menu above.
Information on the the park and events organized by the NHS are available at the park website.
The Friends of Hopewell Furnace publish books and other media telling the story of early ironmaking in southeastern Pennsylvania. These items are described in the Store page.
The Friends have posted access to the National Park Gallery website where images of Hopewell Furnace's Ledgers may be viewed. Summary tables present information on entries in the ledgers and a key indicating which pages have relevent information on the entries. These items are described in the Ledgers page.
The Friends of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
We offer monthly Sunday program talks on a variety of topics and publish books and media on early ironmaking. Information is provided below and on linked pages.
The Friends use donations from the general public, annual dues and the sale of items from our store to fund our operations for the year. If you would like to donate to our group you can use one of the following methods. Also see our Membership page if you would like to join.
Make check Payable to:
“Friends of Hopewell Furnace NHS”
Friends of Hopewell Furnace NHS,
2 Mark Bird Lane,
Elverson, PA 19520
Click on the Donate Button below which will take you to PayPal
Note: You may indicate if your donation is for
general purposes or
for a specific fund such as the Colliers Fund, the Garden Fund or Quilter Fund etc
If you have any questions, please contact us at:
1772 Plate Stove Manufactured at Hopewell Furnace on display at Visitor's Center
Version 4 Uploaded 2024 Jan 3 Jan 14 2024 Sun Prog Announcement
2024 Jan 15 minor updates
Version 3d Uploaded 2023 Dec 5 Dec Prog and updated Restoration page
Updates 2023 Dec 14 Updated Membership Brochure,
Restoration page captions added
History of Hopewell Furnace
There are four pages associated with the History of Hopewell Furnace.
The first page covers the origin of Hopewell Furnace and provides links to the subsequent pages.
The second page called Iron Plantation covers how the park looks the way it does today.
The third page called Restoration covers how the furnace and surrounding building were restored
and has numerous interesting photos from that time period.
The fourth page called the CCC covers the vital role that the CCC played in the restoration.
The History button takes you to the first page and allows easy access to the other pages.