Our Association was organized in 1975 with an objective of "to promote within our community an understanding of and appreciation for our local heritage”. In 1979 and 1980 Hay Creek acquired the historic Joanna Furnace property from Bethlehem Steel and have broadened our mission to include the preservation and restoration of this treasured 18th & 19th century iron making community.

Today the organization is 1,000 members strong and relies on volunteer efforts and donations to preserve the history of the Hay Creek Valley. We invite you to visit us by "stepping back in time" and reliving the important history that surrounds our community.

We are open Monday through Friday and select days on the weekend.


Hay Creek FestivalFriday – Sunday, September 8 – 10, 2017 – 10 am to 5 pm. Join us for our 41st annual celebration as you will step back in time and enjoy a living history experience that will take you back 200 years!

Our heritage event offers early American Craft Demonstrations with hands-on activities, Creekside Crafts and Antiques, Engines, Tractors, Antique Cars, Musical Entertainment, Homemade and Open Fire Cooked Foods, Civil War Encampments AND tours of the Historic Joanna Furnace Iron Works.

Saturday Night Entertainment at the Hay Creek Festival – This year the Big Big Jazz Band from Lancaster, PA will bring that old-fashion sound of brass, reeds and rhythm to our festival stage on Saturday evening September 9th. Performers will sing out the words to arrangements of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and new renditions of songs of today and yesterday. The Hay Creek Festival evening entertainment starts at 6 pm with our featured group performing from 7:30 to 9 pm. For a complete list of festival performers at this year’s festival click here.

Hay Creek Festival Parking Information: Friday festival parking (only) is on the festival grounds. Saturday and Sunday visitors will park at a large lot about a mile south of the festival grounds. Saturday evening entertainment parking (starting at 5 pm) will be on the festival grounds. ALL PARKING IS FREE.

Antique Cars, Tractors, and Engines – Register today to participate at the Hay Creek Festival. The Hay Creek Festival welcomes antique car, tractor and engine enthusiasts to join our event. Registration can be made at the gate prior to 10 am each morning or you can register today by clicking the link above. New in 2017 – We will be judging your exhibit and awarding prizes to the best vehicle (car, truck or motorcycle), tractor and engine exhibit. Judging takes place Saturday morning at 10 am with prizes being awarded at 12 noon.

The Hay Creek Festival is a community event that offers many activities for the entire family.  We expect all vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators to share their passion with the general public and to promote enthusiasm about our rich American heritage.  Proceeds from the Hay Creek Festival benefit the restoration and preservation of the 26-acre Joanna Furnace Iron Works.

Hay Creek Apple Festival - Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 2017

Christmas at Joanna - Friday – Sunday, December 1-3, 2017

Mission: Developing camaraderie among men with an interest in mechanical technology and wood craft related fields while working on

Click here to read  the Association newsletters and learn about past projects and programs.