N.I.S.H.M.

N.I.S.H.M.

Iron & Steel Heritage Sites

No region in the nation can boast a longer history with, and connection to, the iron and steel industry. This part of America literally forged the nation.

Starting in the early 1700's, colonists came seeking to use the area's natural resources to create a better life for themselves and stayed to build a nation during the American Revolution. Joined by immigrants from around the world, their spiritual descendants fought to save the country during the Civil War, led it through industrialization, and on to be a world power. The region saw the struggle to end slavery and welcomed the nation's first female industrialist. 

From National Parks to vineyards, 18th and 19th century hamlets and ironmaster plantations, to urban night life...we have it all!  

Upcoming Events
Town Tours & Village Walks - Week 10
Yellow Springs

Village Tour
Fricks Lock Village
East Coventry

Town Tours & Village Walks - Event 11
East Brandywine Township

Molding and Casting Demonstrations
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 
Elverson

Molding and Casting Demonstrations
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 
Elverson

Eerie Limited
Colebrookedale Railroad
Boyertown

Hay Creek Festival
Joanna Furnace
Morgantown

Secret Valley Excursion (Vegan Dinner)
Colebrookedale Railroad
Boyertown

Village Tour
Fricks Lock Village
East Coventry

Coatesville Remembers 9/11
National Iron & Stel Heritage Museum
Coatesville, PA

Iron and Steel Heritage Tours

Explore the Iron & Steel Heritage and Recreation region located in and around the Hopewell Big Woods, one of America's finest natural preserves. Etched into the natural landscape of portions of Chester, Berks, Montgomery and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania are the remains of the iron industry that literally forged our nation.