Upcoming Activities at Hopewell Furnace

Did you know that you may live in a National Heritage Area? On Sunday, January 14, Deputy Director of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area (NHA) Tim Fenchel will present an overview of The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area and will be able to answer that question.  Sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, the free program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Furnace Conference Room.

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Reading Furnace Books for Sale

Reading Furnace Book Cover 248  The Friends of Hopewell Furnace is offering a limited number of books entitled “Reading Furnace 1736” by Estelle Cremers, published in 1986, commemorating the 250 anniversary of the Reading Furnace. These new books were given to the Friends from Estelle Cremers estate. We are asking $14.95 per book and a mailing fee of $4.00 for up to 3 books. Either contact the Friends or use the PayPal button to make an order.
Estelle Cremers’s style of writing is quite engaging, as she masterfully examines the privileged lives of the Iron masters. Her extensive research reveals the details of the furnace’s role during the American Revolution, including making the first American made Iron cannon. During Washington’s campaign in Pennsylvania in 1777, Washington showed how much he valued the Reading Furnace by visiting it and staying for two nights at the Reading Furnace Mansion, while his troops rested and recuperated at the neighboring homes.

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Hopewell’s Ledgers Digital Archives Release

  • It is with long anticipated excitement that the NP Gallery has opened a new website that contains over 18,000 pictures of the original Hopewell Ledgers pages.
  • The link to this new site is http://npgallery.nps.gov/hofu/
  • It should be noted that updates and improvements are expected to be made to this website periodically.
  • Comments about improvements to this website may be sent to FriendsOfHopewellFurn@gmail.com  These comments will be forwarded to the NP Gallery website team.
  • The existing database entries on this Friends website are extractions from these original pages.  So the Friends database is helpful in finding specific names of interest and then going to the NP Gallery website to see the details or source of that extraction.
  • If interested in understanding more about the background of the Hopewell Ledgers    Click to see Brian Schmult’s Research Paper
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Mark Bird Book is Available to Order

Mark Bird book cover

“Dan Graham’s work captures the American Revolutionary spirit of Hopewell Furnace’s first ironmaster and patriot Mark Bird.  A compelling biography of early American Independence and industry is found in this seminal book.”


 Edie Shean-Hammond, former superintendent of Hopewell Furnace NHS

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