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  • Hay Creek Valley Historical Association
    surrounds our community We are open Monday through Friday and select days on the weekend Chicken Pot Pie Ham and String Bean Soup Sale Thursday March 31st 10 am to 5 pm Orders are now being accepted for Hay Creek s spring soup sale Order our delicious homemade Chicken Pot Pie or our tasty Ham and String Bean with Potato stew Deadline to order is March 24 th Call 610 286 0388 to reserve your quarts of soup Click here to download a Soup Sale Order Form Victorian Tea Saturday May 7 2016 The 10 th Annual Victorian Tea hosted by the Women of Joanna is NOW accepting reservations for its fanciful low tea event Due to its popularity through the years guests are urged to book their reservations early as seating is limited at your choice of an 11 00 a m and 2 30 p m seating Set in our finest china silver and linen guests will sample our secret recipes for finger sandwiches scones tea cakes desserts and fruit while being served teas and punch foods fit for the Ironmaster s most important guests The Language and Sentiment of Flowers will be a delightful program for all to enjoy as spring flowers will be blooming Invite you mother daughters friends or groups but you must reserve a spot Come to enjoy an afternoon of low tea that will prove to be a fanciful event For reservation and fee information contact Nancy at 610 404 7278 Click here to download a registration form 40th Annual Hay Creek Festival Friday Sunday September 9 11 2016 Join us for our 40th annual celebration as you will step back in time and enjoy a living history experience that will take you back 200 years Our long time community event offers early

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  • Hay Creek Valley Historical Association - Juried Craft & Antique Market
    stained glass toys leather and so much more A large number of antique and vintage items will able to purchase for your home decorating and collecting needs Interested in being a Vendor in the Juried Craft Antique Market Click here for Home Craft Antique Market application more information HAY CREEK APPLE FESTIVAL Saturday Sunday October 10 11 2015 Saturday 7 am to 5 pm and Sunday 7 am to 3 pm The event will be held rain or shine Free Admission Parking Donation Requested Everything about apples all day long Hay Creek Apple Festival It s the peak of apple harvesting time During the beautiful fall season the Hay Creek Apple Festival offers a wonderful day with some great family fun All ages will enjoy the brisk fall air and savor the delicious array of homemade Hay Creek apple specialties The Festival s home is Historic Joanna Furnace off of Route 10 Everything About Apples All Day Long It s the peak of apple harvesting time During this beautiful fall season the Hay Creek Apple Festival offers a wonderful day with some great family fun All ages will enjoy the brisk fall air and savor the delicious array of homemade Hay Creek apple specialties The Festival s home is Historic Joanna Furnace off of Route 10 Parking is on site with a parking donation Every imaginable apple food is available throughout the day from fresh cider to fritters pies tarts and dumplings and so much more And you can start the day with an all you can eat apple pancake breakfast served from 7 am to 11 am The apple cider press will be featured with continuous demonstrations and fresh apple cider for your purchase Traditional apple foods like Schnitz und Knepp apples dumplings and ham and apple butter are

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  • Christmas at Joanna
    a variety of Christmas gifts and holiday party items Our Christmas market has ornaments hand carved Santa s home décor items handspun wool products candles jewelry lockbox jewelry boxes Christmas cookies candies cakes and cheeses to name just a few of the gifts in our market The outside Christmas market opens promptly at 5 pm each evening Plus you can buy delicious homemade food for your holiday social activities such as cookies and clear toy candy Visitors can also purchase tickets for our popular Gift Basket Raffle in our Christmas Market Baskets which include gift certificates holiday and home improvement items gym memberships family fun activity passes pet supplies and ladies gentleman specialty gifts are donated from area businesses Valued from 40 to several hundred dollars these baskets can be shared with friends and family during your holiday celebrations GOOD LUCK Interested in being a vendor in the Christmas Market Click here for market details and vendor registration form Wagon Rides What a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to take an old fashion wagon ride with your family through the historic Joanna Furnace iron plantation Rides run continuously though the site that is illuminated with special lighting Bonfire Entertainment Nestle up by our roaring bonfire and listen to holiday songs sung by Joanna s Carolers Visitors are encouraged to sing along and enjoy stories of Christmas legends told by our own Ghost of Christmas Present Beware Lest you feel the switch of the Belsnickel across your back if you have not been a good child However all good children will be rewarded with a sweet treat Luminary Pathways Stroll the luminary pathways throughout the Joanna Furnace complex and feel the charm of 1 000 glowing candles Live Nativity Returning this year to Christmas at Joanna is

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  • Over The Hill Gang
    rough cut lumber for future projects at Joanna Furnace Grounds Equipment Maintenance Seasonal work continues year around and the dedicated OTHG volunteers take care of numerous projects related to grounds care building equipment repair and general maintenance of the site Carpentry The OTHG Carpenters work on both restoration and general projects for the historical association Recent carpentry projects have been reconstructing a 18th century ore wagon a shelving unit in the Charcoal Barn Museum and wooden benches that the organization offers for sale Line Shaft Operation The Mechanical Technology Building features a period line shaft powered by a 40 HP Case Power Unit Volunteers can learn how to operate the vintage equipment connect to this line shaft which includes a post drill drill press profile copy machine wood lathe mortis machine dove tail machine stone mill corn sheller and a wheel hub lathe Hay Creek Events Event set up tear down and helping to man a stand event area at the ever popular Hay Creek events are additional activities that the OTHG volunteers assist with on a regular basis This includes setting up event tents preparing key exhibits for demonstrations and operating a tractor for hay wagon rides at the

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  • Women Of Joanna
    to extend a lending closet We have helped to research and restore the interior of the Office Store and the Charcoal Barn and act as interpreters during event visitations Projects being worked on in 2015 Holding workshops to instruct and design handcrafted items for fundraisers Hosting our 10 th annual Victorian Tea Saturday May 8 2016 The event is open to the public To reserve a seat please email Nancy

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  • Who We Are
    the demonstration of early American crafts and trades during annual special events And when in the fall of 1979 Bethlehem Mines donated historic Joanna Furnace to the HCVHA guided walking tours added yet another dimension to our living experience Today the furnace is supported almost entirely by the dedicated services of HCVHA s volunteer members and the tremendous spirit of cooperation which guides our restoration efforts and festival activities Membership

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  • Joanna Furnace
    Smith William Darling and L Heber Smith The furnace blew out in 1898 after L Heber Smith s death Joanna was a cold blast single stack charcoal iron furnace most of her life Water powered until the mid 1850 s Joanna used steam power after that Under the guidance of the ironmaster after 1800 one of the Smith family and founder keeper or manager guttermen fillers and potters worked in twelve hour shifts tapping the iron twice daily The average blast was one year but some blasts lasted two or three years During a blast the fillers and guttermen worked every day of the month including Christmas and New Year s Day Woodcutters colliers charcoal makers and teamsters added to Joanna Furnace long and productive life The Charcoal Barn was rebuilt after an 1856 fire with additional height and storage area A major technology change occurred in 1889 At this time fifteen feet were added to the furnace stack height increasing it from 30 to 45 feet A Weimer blowing engine downcomer pipe blowout door and bell and hopper of which the derrick crane is still visible on the top of the furnace were installed In order to facilitate getting the iron ore limestone and charcoal to the top of the stack a water hoist was installed on the outside of the stack between the Bridgehouse and Furnace Stack At the 1898 death of the ironmaster L Heber Smith the furnace was never again operated Joanna Furnace 1791 1898 DVD This DVD takes you back to George Washington s time when Berks County was a major supplier of iron Experience the story of Joanna Furnace like you could not possibly have imagined The highlights of this video include Iron Was King The Early Years Process People and Products Challenges Changes

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  • Rental Opportunities
    a treasured historic site as you plan your next event Weddings reunions car shows and church corporate picnics are perfect activities for our beautiful grounds Carter s Stable This notable building once housed the horses and mules of the Furnace and was converted into a sewing factory by William Elizabeth Phelps the last proprietors of the site Today this building is used by the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association to

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