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 Apple Festival Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2015. The Hay Creek Apple Festival not only has bushels and bushels of homemade apple foods but also offers many old fashioned family fun activities; including scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, old fashion games, hay rides, & pony rides. Admission is free! Donation requested for Parking.  Note:  Parking is located on the historic Joanna Furnace site and along Furnace Road (We will not be running shuttle busses for this event).

Christmas at Joanna Friday – Sunday – December 4 – 6, 2015. The spirit of Christmas comes alive at the 16th annual celebration at historic Joanna Furnace.  Visitors can step back in time and see what Christmas was like 150 years ago on the Joanna Furnace iron plantation.   Enjoy Victorian decorations, 1,000’s of luminaries, caroling around a roaring bonfire, witness a live nativity, old fashion wagon rides, plus shop in our outside Christmas Market.   Heartwarming foods will also be available for all to enjoy!  The event takes place Friday & Sunday evening from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 3 to 9 pm

Sponsor a Christmas Tree Friday – Sunday – December 4 – 6, 2015. The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association invites you to be a part of the Christmas at Joanna event by sponsoring a Christmas Tree at the December 4 –6th holiday event.  Each sponsored tree can be made in memory or an honor of a loved one and taken home after the event to decorate your own home.  In addition, sponsors will receive 2 complimentary passes to the Christmas at Joanna event. Deadline to participate – November 15, 2015Click here to download a Christmas Tree Sponsor Form.

HAY CREEK APPLE FESTIVAL - Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2015
CHRISTMAS AT JOANNA - Friday – Sunday, December 4-6, 2015
VALENTINES BREAKFAST BUFFET - Saturday, February 13, 2016
HAY CREEK FESTIVAL - Friday – Sunday, September 9 – 11, 2016

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