Wednesday, 07 March 2018 / Published in News

On Sunday, March 18th the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will open its doors to the first educational presentation of 2018. At 6 pm, Mr. Scott Mingus from York, PA will present an hour long Civil War program entitled “Flames beyond Gettysburg.” The program will be held in the Mule Stable meeting room at Joanna Furnace Ironworks.

The Program

In late June 1863, two powerful columns of Confederate troops approached the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania. One marched northeasterly from Franklin County through Carlisle toward Harrisburg and the other headed eastward through Gettysburg and York towards Wrightsville/Columbia.

This PowerPoint talk by veteran author Scott L. Mingus Sr. will cover the latter command, that of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, as it conquered Gettysburg after a series of skirmishes on June 26 and then two days later occupied York, the largest Northern town to fall to the Confederates during the entire war. General Early ransomed York for money and supplies and surrounded the town with artillery and troops.

Hastily organized state militia defended the river crossing at Wrightsville and then burned the world’s longest covered bridge to prevent Rebel passage into Lancaster County, from which Jubal Early had hoped to threaten Harrisburg.

Mr. Mingus is a well-known authority on the Civil War and has authored over nineteen books focusing on various aspects of the conflict and the Underground Railroad. He will have some of his books available for sale that evening.

Students, history buffs, HCVHA members and the general public are all invited to this insightful, exciting program sponsored by the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association. Admission to this special HCVHA educational program is free.

Historic Joanna Furnace Ironworks is located three miles north of Morgantown, PA off Route 10—turn on Furnace Road. For further information visit or

Sunday, 04 March 2018 / Published in History

Attractions 10 am to 5 pm daily. Free shuttle busses run continuously throughout the day.

Welcome to the Hay Creek Festival. In the 42nd year our heritage festival is the most diverse event in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Today 1,500 volunteers bring together two centuries of history with authentic demonstrations of early American trades and crafts, mechanical technology exhibits, old time music, and a modern craft & antique market. So “Step into the Past” and immerse yourself in a history that our forefathers would be proud of experiencing.

Meet the Joanna Villagers

Here ye!  Here ye!  The Hay Creek Festival takes pride in offering authentic traditional crafts and tradesmen with daily demonstrations taking place throughout the 26-acre Joanna Furnace ironmaking community.  Visitors will experience what life was like 200 years ago in the quaint village of Joanna Furnace and see the hands-on skills of the 18th & 19th century townsfolk.  Our community includes food preserving, laundress, weaver, seamstress, soap maker, broom maker, potter, tinsmith, gunsmith and pewter maker.   The village woodworkers will be busy demonstrating adzing, pipe drilling, coopering and cutting timbers on a one-of-a-kind pit saw.   Mail call takes place at 2 pm each day as the Villagers gather at town square to talk about the daily happenings.

Saturday, 03 March 2018 / Published in History

The event will also include its popular plant sale and flea market. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served on this day with other foods being served throughout the day.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 / Published in Events

Area Clans (Irish or not) to Gather at the Irish Breakfast Buffet at Historic Joanna Furnace – MORGANTOWN, PA

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is a-wear’n the green!! So pick up an Irish Brogue . . . bring your clan and your appetite to a fabulous ‘Irish Breakfast buffet’ on Saturday, March 17 from 7:00 a.m. to noon. That morning Joanna Furnace, figuratively, turns green with the best Gaelic atmosphere and eating imaginable. And if the food isn’t enough to draw people to the furnace, the entire buffet will be enhanced by traditional Irish music performed by HCVHA’s own Lady of Song, Phyllis Hummel.

Many of the early Joanna Furnace workers were Irish

This homage to Ireland will feature a hearty, traditional Irish buffet of Pancakes, French toast, County Sausage, Homemade Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Scrapple, Creamed Chipped Beef, Scrambled Eggs, Country Style Potatoes, Baked Oatmeal, Fruit, Coffee, Juice and more. The cost for the Buffet: Adults $9.50 Children (5-11) $4.50 Children under 5 FREE. Most of the Irish, and some Scottish songs to be heard would have been familiar to the Scotch-Irish workers at Joanna Furnace and their families in the local community.

The Irish Breakfast marks the second of the 2018 season’s Saturday events, which take place on various dates from February until May. At every one of the special Saturday events, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the furnace’s history and its importance to 18th and 19th-century life in the tri-county area in addition to eating their fill.