Throughout the year the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association offers many exciting programs and activities in which the general public is welcome to attend. It’s at this time when visitors can visit historic Joanna Furnace and see what it was like to live and work in an early American iron-making community.
This year’s planned events and activities are as follows:
Chicken Pot Pie and Ham & Bean Soup Sale – Thursday, March 9, 2017. Yes, you can eat our famous Chicken Pot Pie and Ham & Bean Soup before our Fall Festivals . Cost $8.00 per quart. Order deadline: Thursday, March 2nd. Pick-up orders Thursday, March 9th between 12 noon and 5 pm. Click here to complete and mail the order form or call 610-286-0388 to order by credit card.
Irish Breakfast Buffet – Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 7 am to 12 noon Reservations are not required to attend. Live music is included with this Irish themed Breakfast.
Spring Clean-up at Joanna Furnace – Volunteers are welcome to come to Joanna Furnace on Saturday, April 1st from 9 am to 12 noon to help with the spring clean-up of our historic site. Please bring a rake, gloves, weed clippers or any garden tools that would be helpful to you. Attention community groups -- If you are looking for service projects our spring cleanup is a great activity for your entire group.
“Eggtravaganza” History Tour & Breakfast Buffet – Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 7 to 12 noon. Join us the day before Easter as your entire family can embark on a special Easter celebration that will take you back two hundred years at the Joanna Furnace Iron Works. Start your morning with our delicious all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet in the Joanna Furnace Stable. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 am and includes a wide variety of homemade foods.
Starting at 9 am and ending at 12 noon children of all ages…. along with their parents… can take part in a unique history tour. This “Eggtravaganza” History Tour begins with a mystery egg. This special egg will contain a message that will guide you and your family to one of our historic buildings where a furnace personality will greet you and talk about the educational note contained in the egg. After a short visit in this building another egg will be presented to the children that take them to another part of the iron furnace. Six furnace buildings in all will be discovered during the hunt. Complete your task and an Easter prize will be awarded at the end of the tour to each child. Participants will be asked for a donation to participate in the “Eggtravaganza” History Tour.
Victorian Tea – Saturday, May 13, 2017 Reservations are required to attend this fanciful low tea. Two seatings are available. Call for information.
Joanna Furnace Iron Works Day & Plant Sale – Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 7 am to 2 pm. Step back in time and relive life on an 18th and 19th Century Iron Plantation as the old furnace comes to life. Starting at 9 am visitors will take guided tours of the historic site where they will see blacksmithing, meet the storekeeper, learn about charcoal making, and see how metal castings were made 150 years ago. Open fire and open hearth cooking demonstrations will also take place where visitors can sample early American foods. Springtime plants… herbs, perennials, and annuals… will also be available to purchase at the Joanna Furnace herb garden. All plants were grown by members and volunteers of the Association.
The day starts off with an all-you-can-eat breakfast (7 to 11 am) and flea market. Vendors are also welcome to sell their own plants on this day. Hay Creek interpreters will also provide guided tours of the historic site.
Honoring America’s Veterans at the Hay Creek Classic Car and Motorcycle Show – Saturday June 17, 2017 – 7 am to 2 pm. The event will include the following:
- A car show including classic, antique hot rod, muscle, military vehicles…. Plus motorcycles of all types. Trophies will be awarded. Click here to register your vehicle for the event
- Model – T Transmission Seminar – 11:00 am
- Hill Climb with Pre-1940 cars – 12:30
- Veterans gathering with military displays – On this special day we will honor Veterans from all wars. The public is invited to meet our veterans and to listen to their stories as they show off their memorabilia from their service time.
- Veterans Review and Parade –1:15 pm
- Military re-enactors including the Greater Pennsylvania Military Vehicle Historical Society will be on site showing vehicles from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. They will also be overseeing the flag raising and lowering ceremonies. The military encampment will be open from 9 am to 2 pm.
- All-you-can-eat Breakfast – 7 to 11 am. Lunchtime foods available starting at 10 am.
- Musical Entertainment throughout the day.
- Flag Retirement Ceremony – 1:45 pm (The public is invited to bring old worn out flags to be retired)
- Mechanical Technology Exhibits & Saw Mill Demonstrations – 9 to 11 am
- Joanna Furnace History Tours – 9 to 12 noon.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT 2017 SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS
The all-you-can-eat Breakfasts’ will take place the third Saturday of the month from February to June starting at 7 am. The homemade meal includes fresh country sausage, ham, bacon, chipped cream beef, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fruit, toast, juice, coffee, and more. Reservations are not required to attend our Breakfast Buffet. Cost is $9.00 for adults, $4.50 for children aged 5 to 11 and free for children under the age of 5.
FLEA MARKET INFORMATION
The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will offer a flea market with its monthly Breakfast in the following months – April, May and June. Booths are $10.00 each (or Free to Hay Creek Valley Historical Association Members – click here to join).
The flea market opens at 7 am and features antique & vintage items, tools, household, books, crafts and kids items. Reservations are not necessary to participate as a vendor. Stands are first-come, first served with set-up starting at 6 am. Please bring your own table.
If you interested in participating at any of these events or have questions feel free to contact the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-286-0388.
Parking for our monthly events (February – June) is on the Joanna Furnace site. We are located 3 miles north of Morgantown, PA. Turn at Furnace Road and follow signs to our parking area. (GPS 1250 Furnace Road, Birdsboro/ Robeson Township, PA 19508.)