A Place of Opportunity
Visitor Center Interpretive Film
Hopewell Furnace is the most thoroughly preserved representation of America’s early iron-making industry and community life. This theatrical film tells a complex cultural history story that spans 200-years.
We paid particular attention to historical details: fitting costumes, finding props, and hiring a period wagon and carriage pulled by historically accurate Percheron draft horses. When a smoke machine was rigged into the blast furnace, park staff came out to look at a sight that hadn’t been seen in over 100 years.
Reenactment photos were used for a book The African American Experience at Hopewell Furnace by Chief of Interpretation Frances Delmar. She called us "the best friends a park could ever have!"