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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 / Published in News

MORGANTOWN, PA . . . Start May 19th with the Hay Creek Classic Car Show & Plant Sale
Celebrate May with the historians of the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association. On Saturday, May 19 from 7 am to 2 pm; families are invited to a day of many things to do at Joanna Furnace Iron Works. This means numerous engaging historical activities to meet everyone’s fancy.

The Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., $6.50 for adults, $4 for children aged 6 to 11, five and under eat free. The menu includes fresh country sausage, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and will be served in the Mule Stable Dining Area.

Other foods will be available throughout the day.

Plant and Flower Sale Plus Historical Herb Garden
A large variety of spring and summer flowers, shrubs and decorative items for the home will be available to purchase. Plants will be available for sale on a donation basis.

Anyone wishing to donate plants and garden supplies for the sale shall drop them off on Friday, May 18th at Joanna Furnace.

The Hay Creek herb specialists will be in the Joanna Furnace Herb Garden where visitors can also learn about the 18th & 19th Century “4 square” herb garden. Here visitors will learn about the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs found in the Joanna Furnace herb garden which is just like those found at homesteads of early Joanna Furnace workers.

May Hay Creek Flea Market
After breakfast, the entire family can shop for that special basement or attic treasure in the HCVHA flea market, which is open from 7:00 to 2:00. Anyone interested in having a stand in the flea market is more than welcome. Space reservations are not required. Flea market set up begins at 6:00 a.m. Vendors with car parts, mechanical technology items, antiques, child or household items are welcome to participate.

To register for a booth contact Kathleen at 610.914.8152. The stand fee is $10, and stands are available on a first-come basis. Previous flea markets have included household, antique and vintage items, tools, books, children’s clothing, toys and more.

Hay Creek Classic Car and Motorcycle Show
The historic site will be transformed into a wide-ranging display of classic and antique automobiles plus motorcycles. Any proud owner of a restored vehicle is invited to show his pride and joy. Persons wishing to show a car, truck or motorcycle should plan to arrive between 7 and 11 a.m. For more information about the vehicle show please contact Cliff at 484-529-9078.

The classic car and motorcycle exhibit will be enhanced by other technology exhibits, a hill climb and prizes for show winners. The hill climb at Joanna Furnace this year will have two classes – antique cars & show cars. The timed competition will require vehicles to climb the old Furnace Road and make two stops to “plant and cover a potato in a basket”. Awards will be given to the hill climb winners. At 1:15 pm the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will offer a special parade at the event to honor all military personnel. All veterans and current servicemen are welcome to be a part of this parade.

 

Historic Site Self-Guided Tours
The introductory 20-minute video on the history of the Joanna Furnace industry and community will be shown beginning at 9 am in the Blowing Engine House.

Self-Guided tours of the 200-year-old iron furnace site will be on-going after 9 am. Interpreters will be greeting guests in the restored Blacksmith Shop, Casting House, Office/Store and Charcoal House Museum.

What’s Next at Historic Joanna Furnace
These monthly Hay Creek events are designed to have visitors learn about specific aspects of Historic Joanna Furnace and the Hay Creek Valley . . . the history and importance to 18th, 19th and early 20th-century life in the tri-county area. For 2018, May’s Third Saturday event will be the last of the season.

The next big event will be the Ironmaster’s Wedding Historic Dinner Theater event on June 16th. This event is a dinner theater program commemorating the wedding of the last Joanna Furnace Ironmaster L. Heber Smith and Ella Jane (Jennie) Grubb in 1868. The program will consist of a professionally acted wedding ceremony, an elegant sit-down wedding dinner, and a reception with dancing to post Civil War music. The wedding will be a “by reservation” event only. The HCVHA is proud to be partnering with Fecho Productions, Genesius Theater and Shady Maple Catering and Bakery. Other event partners include Zerbe Retirement Community, Knights Rental, Masthoff Press, Knies Insurance and White Chimneys Estate. For more information, check out www.haycreek.org.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and education of America’s iron heritage. Net proceeds from all events support the research, restoration and educational initiatives of Joanna Furnace, a regional historically significant charcoal-fueled iron furnace.

The Historic Joanna Furnace Iron Works is three miles north of Morgantown, on Route 10. Turn on Furnace Road. Admission and parking are free for these monthly Saturday morning events

Anyone wishing to find out more information about any of the programs at Joanna Furnace can visit the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association website at www.haycreek.org or call the HCVHA Office at 610-286-0388.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 / Published in News

April 21st Spring Breakfast and Early American Craftsmen Day at Joanna Furnace

Morgantown, PA—Jump into spring with the historians of the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association. On Saturday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, families are invited to the Early American craftsman Day at Joanna Furnace. This event includes numerous engaging historical activities to meet everyone’s fancy.

Start the day with the April Hay Creek Iron Master’s Breakfast Buffet

The delicious Hay Creek Iron Master’s Breakfast Buffet will be served in the Mule Stable from 7 a.m. to noon. The menu includes Fresh country sausage, bacon, scrapple, ham, creamed chipped beef, pancakes, waffles, eggs, country fries, fruit, toast, orange juice, coffee and more. The breakfast prices Adults $9.50 Children (5-11) $4.50 Children under 5 FREE

Meet the Joanna Furnace Villagers and Take Part in Early American Craftsman events/activities

  • Visitors can learn about the traditional four-square herb garden, the herbs and their uses in the household.
  • Visitors can take part in the Candle Making process
  • The Moulder will demonstrate metal casting show you how early iron products were traditionally made at the furnace
  • The village “Smithy” will be working his forge in the Blacksmith Shop
  • Demonstrations of open-fire cooking and baking processes will be on-going
  • Self-guided tours of the historic complex, with the Black Smith Shop, Casting House, Office/Store and Charcoal House Museum open with interpreters starting at 9 am
  • The twenty-minute introductory video “This is Joanna Furnace” will be showing the history of the Joanna Furnace Iron Works and Community continuously from 9 am.

The April Hay Creek Flea Market Opens

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association opens its doors to the community and allows individuals to sell their flea market items at our breakfast flea market. In addition, non-profit organizations are welcome to participate in this flea market as well to promote their own organizations. Booths are free to all non-profit groups.

  • Vendor setup begins at 6 a.m.
  • Each vendor must supply own table(s)
  • Flea market booth sites are priced at $10 each.
  • For more information about the monthly Hay Creek Flea Market participation or to reserve a space in advance, call Kathleen Rhode—610-914-8152

All Joanna Furnace events are planned to have visitors learn about specific aspects of the furnace community’s history and its major importance to 18th, 19th and early 20th-century life in the tri-county area.

Note . . . Each month during spring, the HCVHA focuses on a different event theme and explores various aspects of the 227-year-old iron making community.

Next Month, May 19th – The HCVHA will be honoring American veterans and will host the annual Hay Creek Classic Car Show & Plant Sale.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and education of America’s iron heritage. Net proceeds from this event support the research, restoration and educational initiatives of Joanna Furnace, a regional historically significant charcoal-fueled iron furnace.

The Historic Joanna Furnace Iron Works is three miles north of Morgantown, on Route 10. Turn on Furnace Road. Admission and parking are free for these monthly Saturday morning events.

Anyone wishing to find out more information about any of the programs at Joanna Furnace can visit the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association website at www.haycreek.org or call the HCVHA Office at 610-286-0388.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 / Published in News

Joanna Furnace Victorian Tea to celebrate the Ironmaster’s Engagement

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association announces the open invitation to annual Victorian Tea to be held at Joanna Furnace Iron Works on Saturday, May 12. Registers are now being accepted for this extraordinary event. There will be two seating’s, 11:00 am and 2:30 pm.

This year, guests will learn about the recent engagement and upcoming Wedding of Iron Master L. Heber Smith and Miss Jennie Grube. The tea focuses on the roles women of the business class played in the years following the Civil War. Attendees will enjoy a history program titled “Preparing for the Ironmaster’s Wedding”.

The Joanna furnace Victorian Tea is a formal event. It includes light fare and tea served on tables covered with our most elegant pressed linens and finest formal china. Servers will be dressed in period garb to meet this year’s 1868 period. “We like to give the public a glimpse into the life of women who would have been close to the ironmaster’s wife during the Victorian Age,” said Caroline Lee HCVHA Food Service Director.

To follow the Ironmaster’s family traditions, this event is a ‘low tea’ service. That means the tea service will include the same light fare the ironmaster’s wife would have served to her most important guests. The term ‘low tea’ means guests were seated at a low table, typically in the drawing room or sitting room of an estate.

HCVHA interpreters will use traditional recipes to make the light fare which they will serve to guests. “The food is all handmade from scratch so that we will be busy bees the day before the tea service,” said Lee. Some of the fanciful foods they will serve include scones, biscuits, cakes, breads, fresh fruit, finger sandwiches, teas and punch.

Volunteers will also teach guests about proper tea etiquette that was expected during low tea. “It’s a great way to teach little ones about table manners, and hopefully our younger guests will use the lessons they learn here at home and when they go out to eat,” said Lee.

Guests are encouraged to wear their Sunday best; Victorian dress, gloves, and hats are optional. Admission for the Victorian Tea is $22, and registrations must be made in advance to attend the event. The deadline to register is April 23. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your place.

Registration forms are available at www.haycreek.org. You can also call Caroline Lee at 610-670-0098 or e-mail info@haycreek.org for more information or to request a registration form.

Historic Joanna Furnace Iron Works is located just off Route 10, three miles north of Morgantown. Turn on Furnace Road.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 / Published in News

Fascinated by 19th-century history? Interested in early technology, crafts, cooking, or how about the art of ironmaking? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association and the Joanna Furnace Ironworks Museum are now recruiting friendly persons who are interested in volunteering to be historical site tour guides for pour 2018 season.

As a volunteer Tour Guide, you will lead small groups of visitors through the 226-year-old iron furnace complex. Your job will be to communicate the breadth of life in a 19th-century iron making community and blast furnace and introduce your group to the interpreters in each of the buildings. You will be taking the visitors back to a different place and time.

Each year over 30,000 people visit Joanna Furnace. The education programs reach over 2,000 students from Berks, Chester and Lancaster Counties. Since 1980, over 1.1 million guests have visited Joanna Furnace.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association invites interested persons to participate in one or all three of our Joanna Furnace History Training Classes coming in March. These classes will give basic, introductory level, information on assisting with tours at our upcoming fall festivals, public events and spring educational programs.

The three classes offered in 2018 are as follows:
History of Joanna Furnace – March 13th. This PowerPoint presentation will describe who the real Joanna is, why the furnace was built on this site in 1791 and discuss each of the historic Joanna Furnace Ironworks buildings.

Meet the Smith Family (the ironmaster dynasty of Berks County) – March 20th. HCVHA Executive Director Mark Zerr and Smith family descendent and Education Administrator, Juliana Flora will introduce the Smith Family genealogy. Attendees will learn where the Smith family originated and how they ended up with the Joanna Furnace Iron Site. Did you know that the Smith families’ real last name was MacDonald?

Garb Training – How to dress appropriately for our events and programs – March 27th. HCVHA garb trainer, Barbara Esterly will review women’s and men’s garb throughout the 100 years the furnace operated and demonstrate how to properly wear the period clothing. As interpreters and demonstrators, it’s crucial that all HCVHA Tour Guides and Interpreters tell a complete and historically correct story. To be a tour guide is to be a storyteller.

All the 1 ½ hour classes are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and are FREE to HCVHA members. Non-members are also welcome to attend the classes but will be required to give a $10 per class donation to the organization.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND EACH OF THESE CLASSES. Please email Mark Zerr at mzerr@haycreek.org or call 610-286-0388. Reservations must be made by March 8th.

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