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.


Valentine’s Breakfast BuffetSaturday, February 17th – 7 am to 12 noon. Join us for our 11th annual Valentine’s Breakfast and enjoy live music while savoring our hearty lover’s breakfast that includes fresh chocolate covered strawberries!  Cost is $9.50 for adults & $5.00 for children 5 to 11 years old.  Reservations not required to attend. 

Irish Breakfast Buffet Saturday, March 17th – 7 am to 12 noon. Reservations not required to attend.

Chicken Pot Pie & Chili “Soup Sale”Thursday, March 22nd  – 10 am to 5 pm. Orders are now being accepted for Hay Creek’s spring soup sale. Order our delicious homemade Chicken Pot Pie or try our tasty Chili! Deadline to order is March 17th. Call 610-286-0388 to reserve your quarts of soup! Click here to download our order form. 

The Ironmasters Wedding at Joanna Furnace – a Celebration of the 1868 wedding of L. Heber and Ella Jane (Grubb) Smith – Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 5 to 9 pm. The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is proud to partner with Fecho Productions, LLC in cooperation with the Genesius Theater from Reading PA to bring you a one-of-kind living history experience that will honor our last ironmaster and his wife. This special event includes a wedding reenactment and reception ….with dinner, music and dancing. Music will be provided by Becks Brass Band from New Jersey and the Civil War Dance Ensemble from Middletown, PA will show us the dances of the 1860’s. They will also provide a dance master and floor managers so guests can participate in the dancing. Guests to this summer social will interact with historical figures from 1868 and become part of the show! Cost if $65.00 per person or $120 per couple. To reserve tickets for this once in a lifetime celebration call 610-286-0388 or email info@haycreek.org.

Hay Creek FestivalFriday – Sunday, September 7 – 9, 2018 – 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.

Hay Creek Festival Parking Information: 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..

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 2018 – 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 13 & 14, 2018

Christmas at Joanna - Friday – Sunday, November 30th - December 2, 2018

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.