Christmas in the Iron Plantation at Hopewell Furnace

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate a Christmas in the Iron Plantation and stroll through the historic village at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson.

Held on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the rain or shine event celebrates Christmas as the holiday was celebrated in the 19th century at Hopewell Furnace.

Visitors will discover that Christmas was a working day in the early 19th century. The moulders will be in the foundry and the blacksmiths will be away. Visitors will be able to experience the customs, foods and traditions of the holiday season from an old American perspective. Master gardeners from Berks and Chester County will guide visitors in making holiday ornaments from greenery and other natural sprigs as a memento of their visit. Visitors will encounter Der Belsnickel, a mischievous version of Santa Claus, who rewards good children with treats.

John Strickler – The Mercury

Visitors will meet Der Belsnickel, a mischievous version of Santa Claus who rewards good kids with treats, on Christmas at Hopewell Furnace on December 4. (File photo)

Masks are required for anyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status, in all National Park Service buildings and crowded outdoor spaces.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves the late 18th and early 19th century setting of an iron-making community, including the charcoal-fired furnace, and its natural and cultural resources. This community exemplifies the essential role of industrialization in the growth of the early United States.

Park facilities are currently open daily, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Hopewell Furnace is located at 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, about five miles south of Birdsboro off Highway 345.

For more information, call 610-582-8773 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/hofu.

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