Singers (at top) at an earlier Iron Plantation Christmas
ELVERSON PA – An “Iron Plantation Christmas,” to be celebrated Dec. 7 (Saturday; 2019) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Ln., features Christmas as it was observed inside the park’s historic buildings from 1795 to 1880, according to Site Manager David Blackburn. The event is free to attend and open to the public, rain or shine.
Blackburn encourages visitors to experience the simple elegance of the holiday through the years. “This is an opportunity for today’s public to travel back in time and witness Christmas at different periods of the furnace’s history” he said.
Visitors will find nearly a century of Christmas illustrated through a series of recreated holiday scenes. They’ll be able to discover a variety of customs, foods, and traditions of the holiday season. Participants will include Der Belsnickel, a mischievous version of Santa Claus with a commitment to justice. He rewards good children with candy, and naughty children with switches.
Guests also are invited to see the grounds of the park’s historic Bethesda Church, located one mile east of the main iron furnace community on Bethesda Road. Directions to reach Bethesda Church will be available at the park’s visitor center, or by calling the park at 610-582-8773.
Hopewell Furnace is located five miles south of Birdsboro PA on Route 345. Visitors with specific needs should contact the park for assistance before their visit.
Photo from the National Park Service