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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.

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Speedwell Forge B&B

Speedwell Forge Exterior
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 0.1mi

Annville Inn

Annville Inn
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 0.1mi

The Londonderry Inn

Londonderry Inn
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 0.2mi

Olde Square Inn

Exterior of Olde Square Inn
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

1825 Inn Bed and Breakfast

1825 Inn Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

Twin Pine Manor

Twin Pine Manor
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 0.2mi

E. J. Bowman House

EJ_Bowman_House_Front
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

Olde Oregon Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

Olde Oregon Farmhouse in the Village of Oregon near Lititz, PA
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

Carriage Stop Bed & Breakfast

Carriage Stop B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

B.F. Hiestand House

BF Hiestand House Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.2mi

The Inn at Westwynd Farm

Westwynd Farm Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.3mi

Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast

Blue Rock BnB front view
Average Rate: 
Under $100
Distance: 0.3mi

Rocky Springs Bed and Breakfast

Rocky Springs B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.3mi

The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast

The Hollinger House
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.3mi

The South Mountain Inn

South Mountain Inn
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.3mi

Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast

Pheasant Run Farm
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.3mi

After Eight Bed and Breakfast

After Eight Bed & Breakfast Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.4mi

The Limestone Inn

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.4mi

Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village

Inn and Spa
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 0.4mi

Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast

Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.4mi

Osceola Mill House Bed & Breakfast

Osceola Mill House
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.4mi

The Manor on Front

The Manor on Front
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0.5mi

Pigeon Creek Bed & Breakfast

Pigeon Creek Bed & Breakfast Exterior View
Average Rate: 
Under $100
Distance: 0.5mi