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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Pennsylvania

Hopewell Furnace: A Pennsylvania Iron-making Plantation

tells the story of one of the 65 small ironworks operating in southeast Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. The Hopewell Furnace, located in forested hills and valleys along French Creek in Berks County, operated from 1771 to 1883. The furnace was the center of a self-contained hierarchical community of 200-300 people, all of whose work was related to the production of iron. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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19th-century blast furnace in operation. (National Park Service, Richard Schlecht, illustrator)

19th-century blast furnace

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