Cornwall Iron Furnace

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Cornwall Iron Furnace
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Haematopus P
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Much better than Hopewell Furnace.
Jul 2021
Much better than Hopewell Furnace. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. We also drove around to see the manager's house, workers houses, and the open pit mine.
Written 29 July 2021
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youthgoes
Lewisburg, PA51 contributions
Cornwall Iron Furnace
Feb 2020 • Solo
I had been wanting to check out this site for awhile. Founded in the 1730s, this is the oldest iron furnace in the Western Hemisphere, and was used by the Continental Army during the American Revolution to produce cannonballs and cannons. General George Washington and General Lafayette visited this site on at least one occasion to witness firing demonstrations of these. The tour consists of a look inside the former iron furnace, and how iron was made, eventually producing pig iron at the bottom. Very interesting process, and the current facility and buildings date to about 1850. It only ceased operations in the late 1800s, and has been a steadily popular state historic site since. Good for kids, couples, families, anyone! A jewel in PA’s Crown! Well worth a visit!
Written 23 February 2020
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jrich303
Harrisburg, PA26 contributions
Fascinating History
Dec 2019
We took a trip to visit Cornwall furnace during the Christmas season. It is a fascinating piece of history showing the Iron-Making industry in PA. It is the most complete furnace I've seen. The entire building has been refurbished or reconstructed, so you can see the actual iron-making process. A knowledgeable guide leads informative tours through the furnace, from top to bottom. There is also a museum and a gift shop and plenty of free parking. It's a must for history bufs.
Written 30 December 2019
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928BonnieC
Sacramento, CA777 contributions
Unique experience that is worth side trip
Oct 2019 • Friends
Looking at Pennsylvania trails list, saw this was only remaining blast furnace. The drive there was scenic as are the grounds. Such a unique opportunity to be in the actual factory from revolutionary war era. To think GWashington & Lafayette stood where we did to trst cannons & cannon balls tvat helped win the war! Overview film very instructive & followed by 1 hour tour. Guide was excellent at explaining . Lovely gift shop with classy merchandise— beautiful pottery, cast iron ware, etc. Lunched after at Quentin Tavern.
Written 27 October 2019
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SAinPA
Carlisle, PA588 contributions
Wonderful! Amazing! Real History!
Sep 2019 • Couples
We live less than an hour from Cornwall and the historic iron furnace but this our first visit to Cornwall Iron Furnace.
It is hard to imagine the ingenuity and engineering that the Revolutionary War era people used to create and operate this facility to produce cannons, cannonballs and cast iron products so many years ago.

I did not learn about Cornwall Iron Furnace and it’s impact on the early US and the Revolutionary War in my history classes.

Please visit this attraction and learn firsthand the history that is our own backyards.
Written 29 September 2019
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swished
Fairfax, VA43 contributions
GO HERE!
Aug 2019
Beautiful building. Knowledgeable guides. The tour starts with a short video on the history of the area. The guide then has a short talk and explains how the furnace worked. He had pieces of magnetite, different slag, charcoal, and limestone so that we could see and feel what went into the furnace. The building is well maintained; much of it is what was originally there. You can feel it in the wood on the floor, the curves in the stone steps from the thousands of feet that trod there. I appreciated seeing the wheel that helped move air into the furnace. Also being at the base of the furnace and seeing the door from which the slag and iron flowed.
Written 8 August 2019
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cgny1fwd
Houston, TX1,191 contributions
Exceptional
Aug 2019
So much to see and learn: history, engineering, architecture. Guides are super knowledgeable. The engineering that went into this place so long ago makes one appreciate the intelligence of our forebears. Explanations are clear both in the visitor center and by the guide. Can't praise this enough. Thank you to the Coleman family for preserving this place.
Written 7 August 2019
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Happy S
28 contributions
Worth Visiting
Jul 2019
This is a beautiful building worth viewing for the architecture alone. There is an interesting movie and exhibits in the Visitor's Center. We had an unique tour which you will not find anywhere else through the original blast furnace building with working parts. Absolutely fascinating!!!
Written 25 July 2019
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T U
Washington DC, DC52 contributions
Industrial History and Architecture together
Jun 2019 • Couples
On first sight, you might think this was a church from the 1880s, or an English manor. Instead, its a factory, an iron forge active from 1780s to 1880s. A beautiful building built with a purpose. Tours take the visitor through the forge, show and explain the equipment and processes used. There is an on-site museum and gift shop, but no food. Nearby is the worker' village. One of the most interesting tours and sites in the Eastern US.
Written 23 June 2019
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Paul M
Berkeley Springs, WV234 contributions
Great History
Oct 2018 • Friends
An exceptional place in all respects. Expertly restored, complete, partly operational and with very high quality docents.
Written 31 October 2018
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