Step Back in Time: Celebrate National Park Week at Hopewell Furnace with a Civilian Conservation Corps Encampment

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ELVERSON, PA — As the nation gears up to celebrate National Park Week, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site offers a unique journey into the past with a captivating Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) encampment event on Saturday, April 20. This engaging and educational experience is open to the public, entirely free of charge, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., promising a day filled with discovery and fun for individuals and families alike.

Dive into history as reenactors clad in authentic CCC attire bring to life the pivotal role that the CCC played not only in the restoration of Hopewell Furnace but also in bolstering the nation during the challenging times of the Great Depression. The CCC, a cornerstone of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, provided jobs and hope to young men while contributing to the conservation and development of America’s natural resources.

The day’s activities are designed to educate and entertain, featuring mock CCC enlistment procedures that offer a glimpse into the life of a CCC recruit. Witness firsthand the skilled art of woodcutting and branding through live demonstrations that showcase the craftsmanship and labor that went into sustaining the community and the furnace operations.

For those eager to delve deeper, guided ranger tours through the encampment are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These tours present an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the historical significance of the CCC’s work at Hopewell Furnace and its lasting legacy on the American landscape. In addition, the event coincides with National Junior Ranger Day, providing even more activities tailored to inspire young visitors and foster a connection with our nation’s history and natural heritage.

Established as a National Historic Site on August 3, 1938, Hopewell Furnace preserves the essence of an iron-making community from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This includes the charcoal-fueled furnace itself, which stands as a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of early American industry. The CCC’s involvement in the 1930s marked a significant chapter in the site’s history, initiating restoration efforts and opening the door to public visitation, allowing generations to appreciate and learn from this rich historical resource.

Hopewell Furnace is nestled in the scenic landscape of Elverson, PA, just five miles south of Birdsboro, off Route 345. The park’s facilities welcome visitors Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., inviting exploration of the site’s natural beauty and cultural treasures.

This CCC encampment event stands as a highlight of the National Park Week celebrations, offering a rare chance to connect with the past in a hands-on, interactive environment. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a meaningful way to spend a day with family, Hopewell Furnace provides an enriching backdrop for learning and enjoyment.

Admission to the park is free. For more information about the CCC encampment or planning your visit to Hopewell Furnace, call 610-582-8773 or explore the park’s website.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate National Park Week by stepping back in time at Hopewell Furnace, where the echoes of the past meet the curiosity of the present. Join us in honoring the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the enduring strength of partnerships that continue to shape and protect our national heritage.

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