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National Historic Site & Victorian Town near the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail
A short distance from the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, is the remnants of a Revolutionary War era iron foundry. The only “most complete” charcoal cold blast furnace in the Western Hemisphere, the Cornwall Iron Furnace began operations in 1742 and was in use until 1883.
Visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men labored day and night to satisfy the furnace’s appetite for charcoal, limestone and iron ore. Cornwall Iron Furnace is a designated National Historic Landmark and is administered by the PA Historical and Museum Commission. Open Thursday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from Noon until 5:00pm. Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.
The trail is also close to the village of Mount Gretna, a colorful quaint town boasting Victorian cottages and a summer playhouse. The Mount Gretna area is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers looking to rest and cool off. A great place to cool off is The Jigger Shop, in business for over 100 years, serving generous portions of outrageous delicious ice cream.
It is worth hopping off the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail to visit the village and perhaps get something to eat at one of the area restaurants or browse through the craft shops.
Make it an overnight or several night stay at one of our many nearby Bed and Breakfasts and take in one of the performances at Mount Gretna Theatre in June through August.