This official National Park Service Handbook describes the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. Part 1 provides an overview of the 18th and 19th century iron making industry, while Part 2 recounts the history of Hopewell’s workers and iron making operation. Part 3 provides an authoritative guide to the main points of interest.
Built in 1770, just five years before the Revolutionary War broke out, Hopewell Furnace was vital to the war effort, casting cannon and manufacturing ammunition and other equipment needed by the Continental army. Today, Hopewell Furnace and village recreate the early American industrial community, demonstrating the firing and casting processes.