Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hopewell Furnace Site Visit
Yesterday, ProRangers Hannah Sender, John Hesdon, Julia Klejmont, Brittany Kriner, Kelechi Akabogu and I went on a site visit to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Our Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement class, taught by Tony Luongo, teamed up with Temple Ambler landscape architecture students who are preparing an exhibit for the Philadelphia Flower Show. We were given an exceptional tour of the historic site from the very knowledgeable Ranger Normal Feil II. We learned about Hopewell's history and involvement in the iron production during the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Many historic sites are deemed important because of a specific battle or event that took place. Hopewell Furnace is different because it represents American culture as a whole. It is not unique and there were many other villages that resembled Hopewell Furnace, but this specific site is the best preserved iron plantation of its time. Hopewell's iron production helped the United States grow into an industrialized society. We all gained an appreciation for lesser known historic sites and the beautiful scenery. We all plan to come back soon to pick a pound of apples for $1!