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.


Savor an Elegant Victorian Tea at Historic Joanna FurnaceSaturday, May 13th. The Ironmaster’s wife at the Joanna Furnace Iron Works invites guests to the 11th annual Victorian Tea.

Joanna Furnace Iron Works Day & Plant SaleSaturday, May 20th – 7 am to 2 pm. Step back in time 200 years and learn about the Joanna Furnace Iron Works. Visitors will tour the 26-acre site and see living history demonstrations that include metal casting, blacksmithing and open fire cooking/beehive oven demonstrations. The early American foods will be available for sampling. Admission to the event is free.

Moreover this annual event features a plant sale where visitors can purchase herbs and plants for their gardens. Guests are invited to tour the Joanna Furnace herb garden to learn about these historic herbs. Many of these herbs are coming back in popularity as a healthy alternative to the processed food substitutes and medicines that are purchased in the grocery store today. A flea market will also be at the event.

An Ironmasters Breakfast Buffet starts the day at 7 am (and wraps up at 11 am) which will include country sausage, bacon, scrapple, chipped creamed beef, scrambled eggs, pancakes, fruit, toast, juice, coffee and more. Cost is $9.50 for adults, $4.50 for children age 5 to 11 and children under five eat for free. Reservations are not required for the breakfast.

Hay Creek Classic Car & Motorcycle Show – Saturday, June 17th – 7 am to 2 pm. Join us on this special day as we honor America’s Veterans at a family friendly event. All classic, antique, military, hot rod, muscle cars, and motorcycles welcome. Admission is free to the event; however show vehicles will be charged a $10 donation to show their car, truck, or motorcycle. All registered vehicles will be judged with homemade trophies being awarded at 1:55 pm. Click here to print a vehicle registration form. This year the event will offer a hill climb of pre-1940 vehicles. This unique competition will take place at 12:30 pm.

Servicemen from any conflict or war are invited to have a booth at the event and share their experiences with the public. Veterans wishing to have a booth need to register in advance – click here to download a registration form. Veteran displays open to the public at 10 am. Look for vintage military vehicles to be a part of this display. Military re-enactors are also welcome to participate at the event. For more information about being a part of the military encampment please click here.

The event kicks off at 7 am with a flea and vendor market. Vendors will be selling a wide variety of items including antique, household, tools, children’s items, and much more. To reserve a booth in the market please call Kathleen at 610-914-8152.

Food Galore – a Breakfast Buffet will be served from 7 to 11 am and other good-ole American foods available throughout the day including breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, ice cream and cold drinks.

41st Annual Hay Creek FestivalFriday – Sunday, September 8 – 10, 2017. Join us for our annual celebration as you will step back in time and enjoy a living history experience that will take you back 200 years! Our long time community event offers early American craft demonstrations, crafts and antiques, engines, tractors, antique cars, musical entertainment, homemade and open fire cooked foods, AND tours of the Historic Joanna Furnace ironmaking complex.

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.