Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
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. The furnace 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. Visitors can take time to explore the museum and visitor center that houses these structures or roam the grounds. Trails lead to outlying areas of the park and other public land use areas from here and other historical areas. During apple harvest season (early September through October), visitors can pick their own apples from the park's orchard of historic varieties. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is surrounded by French Creek State Park which preserves the lands the furnace utilized for its natural resources.
Seasonality / Weather
Southeastern Pennsylvania's climate is temperate. Summers are usually humid with temperatures ranging from normal highs of 80-95 degrees to lows of 55-70 degrees(F). During winter temperatures range from normal highs of 20-40 degrees to lows of 10-25 degrees(F). Winter conditions can become icy and snow can accumulate up to several inches.
From the north, take US Route 422 to PA Route 345. Turn onto Route 345 South and travel 6.6 miles through the town of Birdsboro and French Creek State Park until you reach the park entrance. From the east, take PA Turnpike (I-76) West to exit 312 (Downingtown). Take PA Route 100 North 9 miles to PA Route 23. Turn left onto Route 23 West and travel 7 miles to PA Route 345. Turn right onto Route 345 North 4 miles to the park entrance. From the south, I-95 North to PA Turnpike (I-76). PA Turnpike West to exit 312 (Downingtown). Take PA Route 100 North and travel 9 miles to PA Route 23. Turn left onto Route 23 West and travel 7 miles to PA Route 345. Turn right onto Route 345 North and travel 4 miles to the park entrance. From the west, take PA Turnpike (I-76) East to exit 298 (Morgantown). Turn onto PA Route 10 South and travel 1 mile to PA Route 23. Turn left onto Route 23 East and travel 5.3 miles to PA Route 345. Turn left onto Route 345 North and travel 4 miles to the park entrance.
There is no public transportation to the park. Greyhound Bus services are located in Reading, approximately 15 miles from the park. Amtrak and regional rail service is available from Downingtown, approximately 20 miles from the park.