Step Back in Time with ‘Iron Plantation Christmas’ at Hopewell Furnace

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ELVERSON, PA — The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting the public to immerse themselves in a bygone era this holiday season at the historic Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. On Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can experience the charm and traditions of a 19th-century “Iron Plantation Christmas.” This event, designed to delight all ages, will be held rain or shine and is free of charge.

The day will be filled with interactive activities that reflect the customs and traditions of the early American holiday season. Visitors can try their hand at making gingerbread ornaments, crafting holiday decorations from greens and other natural sprigs, and even learn about the art of writing holiday letters and cards in the style of the 19th Century.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, attendees will have the chance to meet Der Belsnickel, a playful character akin to Santa Claus, who delights in rewarding well-behaved children with treats. This unique program is made possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of park volunteers, the Berks and Chester County Master Gardener chapters, and the Friends of Hopewell Furnace.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site provides a glimpse into the late 18th and early 19th-century iron-making community, highlighting the vital role of industrialization in the development of early America.

Currently, the park’s facilities are open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, and are located at 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 610-582-8773.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create lasting holiday memories while learning about our nation’s rich history at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

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