Hopewell Furnace, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is typical of the iron making communities that flourished in 18th and 19th century America. Hopewell's cold-blast charcoal furnace produced pig iron and castings from 1771 until 1883, when technological developments in iron production rendered this ''iron plantation'' obsolete. The center of the iron works is the distinctive Cast House, where molten iron from the furnace was turned into trade goods for a growing nation. The building now represents Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the first National Park established to preserve the industrial history of the United States.
This ornament is 2.5 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall.