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Cornwall Iron Furnace

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Address: 94 Rexmont Road, Cornwall, PA 17016
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+1 717-272-9711

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Awesome piece of Central PA history!

The historic tour starts will a film that explains two hundreds that contributed to this 1000 acre plantation, ownership, and the ore business that operated here! $6 was well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The historic tour starts will a film that explains two hundreds that contributed to this 1000 acre plantation, ownership, and the ore business that operated here! $6 was well worth the couple hours and you could spend a day exploring all the buildings.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The buildings of the Cornwall Iron furnace are pretty impressive. Plan on spending a least an hour watching a short film, walking through the visitor center and then a tour of the building which houses the furnace. Our guide was very knowledgable. It is part of the PA trails of history.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

A treasure trove of information about iron smelting from the earliest times in America through the civil war and beyond. There is a 15 minute video that you watch before the tour which gives you a head up about the property but the meat and potatoes of a visit is definitely the tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is an unusual place in that the furnace is totally enclosed in a building and from the outside is not understandable. This is from pre revolution days with additions and technological improvements. There was a guided tour and the lad did his best but was not as fluent as could be.

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Lititz, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A great place to discover the process of steel making from iron ore! This place is under appreciated! Take a couple hours to take a tour and learn the reasons this was so important to the soldiers of the north during the civil war.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Four of us stopped here for a visit and we were impressed. The location is beautiful, the tour is very interesting, and the overall facility is well preserved. Amazing that such a place has been saved. This was a totally surprising history lesson and our guide was very good at making the tour move along without pushing. It was a... More 

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Camillus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I truly consider this museum to be a must see. Think of how plastic is used to make objects in our everyday lives. Back then, many of the everyday items were made from iron. This museum does a fantastic job of telling the story of how iron ore was processed and utilized to make many of the items used back... More 

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mechanicsville, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

AS one of the most complete iron furnaces in the nation, this is worth visiting both from a PA historical perspective as well as its visual appeal. the tours are usually about 1/2 hour, although ours was a bit longer since it was a slow day (advantages to traveling in the off-season). Younger children might get a bit bored, although... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Located ~2 hours from Philadephia, this place is a hidden gem. If you have any interest in the history of Pennsylvania's Iron and steel industry then this place is a must-do. They have a really nice guided tour into Charcoal based pig iron extraction. Total tour duration ~2 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015 via mobile

Beautiful location, well preserved and presented early generation iron smelting furnace. Excellent exhibit and good introductory movie. The furnace tour is a must! Ties in well with other furnaces and coal mines to create a vivid picture of the early industrial development of the US. Picnic benches on the grounds. Historic stone villages. A former iron ore mine - now... More 

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