Historical Commission Events

From Out the Fiery Furnace – Encore Performance!
One-Act Play to be Performed at Hopewell Manor
A one-act play about historic Hopewell Furnace entitled “From Out the Fiery Furnace” is being presented in the Community Room of Hopewell Manor on Main Street in Elverson on a Wednesday evening in 2015. This play, which is 40-45 minutes in length, was written by playwright Christine Emmert and is performed by actress Barbara Hannevig, who portrays runaway slaves,”fallen women,” indentured servants, orphaned children and other characters. This one-woman play weaves an intricate tale showing how one woman’s life experiences can be traced though a Hopewell Furnace made stove.
Following the performance there was a question-and-answer period with light refreshments.


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Elverson’s Role In The American Iron Industry Presentation
Springfield Room, Hopewell Manor, Main Street, Elverson, Pa
September 18, 2013, 7 p.m.


 The Historical Commission Presentation is now available, below.


Local author and historian Bob Patry delivered a historical presentation titled “Elverson, PA: Home of The Hands That Rocked The Cradle of The American Iron Industry.”

Patry’s presentation provided an overview of the history of Elverson area iron furnaces, focusing on the families that built the local furnaces, the iron making process, the region’s role during the American Revolution, and the collapse of the Elverson area iron industry.

Patry was a former Elverson resident and past chairperson of the Elverson Historical Commission.  He was the author of the 2011 book, “The History of Our Community: Elverson, Pennsylvania.”  He was a volunteer with both the Elverson Historical Commission and the Caernarvon Historical Society.  Most recently, he had written a play about the region’s involvement in the American iron industry.  Please read the tribute to Mr. Patry in the December 2013 Elverson Newsletter.


We would love to hear from you about any ideas you may have for future Historic Presentations!  Have an interest in history or Elverson send an email to join the group. Email us at elversonhistoric @gmail.com.





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