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“Historical Iron Works”

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Historical Iron Works”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This historical Iron Furnace is absolutely fascinating. There are 2 different parts to the tour including a short film on the history and how the furnace actually works as well as a small self guided museum tour and then a tour of the actual furnace. You can see the museum and film in an hour or so and then tour the furnace which can be extremely cold in the winter and early spring months. Take a drive around the area after the tour and you can see the lake and workers homes that were built in the town around the furnace to support it.

Visited February 2014
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
526 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“This is 250 year old technology at it's best”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

If you love history- if you love machinery- if you love to be in awe of scale- this is as good as it gets. We actually found this by accident. It is a "to well kept secret". The tour will teach and entertain you more in 45 minutes than you could possibly expect. Whatever I thought an Iron Furnace would be was very small by the size of the actual. How in the world did anyone ever figure this out? Just amazing. You will learn why they call pig iron- pig iron. You will find out things like they cast cannons for George Washington in the revolutionary war. And this is just the beginning. Warning on a hot humid afternoon this will be a very hot tour. I suggest as early in the morning as possible in the summer. Do drive around the town of Cornwall it is a wow.

Visited June 2014
Thank Richard D
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting and unique”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

As the oldest charcoal, cold-blast furnace in the US, this is well-worth the visit for engineering and history students, but the machinery's size and the process is fascinating for all ages, especially the kids. If you can get Karin Viozzi as your tour guide, you will be guaranteed to get a great tour, and everyone will enjoy it! She is great about giving just enough info to keep you interested, and she has a way with kids that keeps them entertained and doesn't talk down to them. The surrounding area is beautiful! Take a ride through Miner's Village when you're done (ask the guide if they don't tell you) and then head over to Mt Gretna for ice cream at the Jigger Shop!

Visited July 2013
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Westmont, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“See Hopewell Furnace NHS first; Cornwall will impress”
Reviewed 12 September 2013


Interesting furnace and tour. Renovations are taking,place which makes the tour less nice, but also some of the renovations are bringing out highlights of the building that were hidden under many years of dust and dirt. Finding the place coming from Harrisburg led us to the site, but impossible to enter - the road is closed and has been closed for a year. A person at the furnaces guided us in around the closed road via a cell phone call that we made. It would be nice if the web site would mention this detour.

The site and tour was worthwhile with the tour led by a woman who knew the history. A small museum and movie prior to the tour make it a very good experience. We lucked out with our group of me and my wife. Questions were asked and answered; conversations with the workers doing the renovations added to the tour as well.

We visited the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site days before and it made for a good comparison of the two sites. Bot old with the major difference being that this site was renovated and the furnaces enclosed instead of being allowed to weather outside.

Visited September 2013
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Greenfield, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very interesting and worth a visit”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

This is a remarkable place. It is fascinating to see the process that was used to make iron so many years ago. That it is preserved in such excellent condition and still operates made this all come to life. The tour guide was excellent and fun. The tour took about forty- five minutes. There is an interesting display area in the visitors center and a good gift shop. Don't miss it if you are in the area.

Visited July 2013
Thank Janet S
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