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.
Due to the rain today the Christmas at Joanna event will be cancelled on Saturday, December 6th. However, the event will return on Sunday, December 7th at Joanna Furnace from 5 to 9 pm. Thank you.
Christmas at Joanna – Friday – Sunday – December 5 – 7, 2014. The spirit of Christmas comes alive at the 15th annual celebration at historic Joanna Furnace. Each evening from 5 to 9 pm 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!
Sponsor a Christmas Tree - 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 5 – 7th 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, 2014. Click here to download a Christmas Tree Sponsor Form.