Join the Alliance for a private tour of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site followed by apple picking in the orchards, and a picnic lunch! Learn about the history of Hopewell including the iron-making process as well as the people (and animals) that call Hopewell home.
Meet at Hopewell at 10:00 am. Pack a picnic to enjoy after the tour. Hopewell has small snacks (chips, pretzels, candy) available for purchase in the Visitor Center. After lunch feel free to walk on the trails. Dogs on leashes are welcome though not permitted inside of the buildings. Apples cost $1 per pound.
Note: This is a walking tour that includes a hillside. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk up and down a hill.
Free event. Advanced RSVP is required. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520)
About the orchard: Hopewell’s orchard has been found to be nearly as old as the iron furnace itself. Mentioned in contemporary accounts as early as 1782, apple trees were planted, pruned and harvested yearly. The orchard was replenished with new trees throughout the 19th Century and provided valuable food for furnace community residents, both man and beast.
The present orchard includes 30 varieties of apples, many of which are historic types that may have been found at Hopewell when the furnace was an active industrial site. Early varieties such as Gravenstein and Summer Rambo were introduced from Europe by early settlers. Others such as Jonathan, Stayman, and Pennsylvania’s own Smokehouse were “discovered” in America and became favorites during the 19th Century. Some of these varieties are hard to find today since they are no longer raised by modern commercial orchards. Also, Hopewell’s apples are of historic quality and taste by being allowed to grow and ripen without the use of applied herbicides or pesticides.