Leave the books and documentaries at home, and immerse yourself in some of our nation’s earliest history firsthand here in Chester County. Go Colonial at the site of the largest engagement of the American Revolution and grab a pint at a pub once visited by George Washington. Or channel the industrial revolution instead -- Phoenixville and Coatesville boast America’s earliest iron and steel forges. And there’s no measuring the historical impact on display by the region’s first family, the du Ponts.
Formerly the second largest producer of iron in Pennsylvania, Hopewell Furnace laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant during its operation from 1771-1883. Today, the historic site is a showcase of the early American industrial landscape and opens daily to visitors for walking tours and period demonstrations.
Watch the video below to get a glimpse into life during the industrial revolution.