Stroll through the historic community of Hopewell Furnace in ‘Iron Plantation Christmas’

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate an “Iron Plantation Christmas” and stroll through the historic community of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

This free event will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 4pm, and will feature Christmas as celebrated during the 19th century at Hopewell Furnace. The program will be presented rain or shine.

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Visitors will find that Christmas was a workday in the early 19th century. The bake ovens will be heating up special treats and the Blacksmiths will be clanging away.

Visitors will be able to discover the customs, foods, and traditions of the holiday season from an early American perspective.

The Berks and Chester County Master Gardeners will guide visitors in making holiday ornaments out of greens and other natural sprigs as a memento of their visit. Visitors will meet Der Belsnickel, a mischievous version of Santa Claus, who rewards good children with treats.

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves the late 18th and early 19th century setting of an iron-making community, including the charcoal-fueled furnace, and its natural and cultural resources. This community illustrates the essential role of industrialization in the growth of the early United States.

The park’s facilities are currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. These facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Hopewell Furnace is located at 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520, about five miles south of Birdsboro, PA, off Route 345.

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